The needs of Biomedical Science Training in Africa: Perspectives from the experience of young scientists

Denis Zofou, Seye Abimbola, Norice T. Norice, Moses Samje, Isaac Traore Zoumana, Oyewale A. Oyediran, Chinedu Oraka, Daudi Mussa Kadigi


Biomedical research is a powerful tool for solving health challenges developing regions. The present study aimed at describing the needs of biomedical science training in Africa from the experience of young African scientists at home and in the Diaspora. A total of 107 young scientists were recruited through existing international networks and interviewed via a web-based program, on the current status of biomedical research in their different institutions, as well as the major obstacles faced and their aspirations. This survey revealed that although considerable efforts have been made in strengthening research capacity in Africa, a lot remains to be done. Biomedical research in Africa is seriously hindered by obstacles such as lack of infrastructure, expertise, energy supply, institutional support and financial support from governments. We encourage Applied Research and Public-Private Partnership to foster implementation of research findings into goods and services for public benefit.

Authors' affiliations

Denis Zofou, Biotechnology Unit, University of Buea

Seye Abimbola,

Norice T. Norice, Columbia University Medical Scientist Training Program

Moses Samje, Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, Faculty of Science, University of Buea

Isaac Traore Zoumana, Parasitic disease Epidemiology department, Faculty of medicine pharmacy and dentistry, Malaria Research and Training Center (MRTC) Molecular Epidemiology and Drug Resistance Unit (MEDRU)

Oyewale A. Oyediran, Dept. Of phamacognosy Faculty of pharmacy, University of Ibadan

Chinedu Oraka, Zeta-12 Research Group, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital

Daudi Mussa Kadigi, DoD/GEIS-TPDF Influenza Surveillance program General Military Hospital-Lugalo Dar es Salaam

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Biomedical research, researh training, Africa

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African Journal of Health Professions Education 2011;3(2):9.

Article History

Date submitted: 2011-09-07
Date published: 2011-12-02

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