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Why Africa Needs to Invest in Health Research

Why Africa Needs to Invest in Health Research

Dr. Alphonsus Neba and Prof. Gordon Awandare

Ten years ago, Dr Lily Paemka left Ghana for the US to pursue her PhD studies and stayed. Her talent and skills could have been lost to Ghana forever had the West African Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens (WACCBIP) not been established. With support from the World Bank’s African Centres of Excellence project and now the Developing Excellence in Leadership, Training and Science (DELTAS) Africa scheme, WACCBIP has set up world class research infrastructure that allows Paemka to conduct the quality research she aspires for to be recognised and established in her field. So she has relocated back home to research on a type of breast cancer that is the most aggressive among Ghanaian women.

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To Leave or to Stay? The Academic Landscape in Kenya

To Leave or to Stay? The Academic Landscape in Kenya

Dr. Cheryl Andisi Kivisi

Whatsapp groups have become the most common form of group communication in this era. I happen to be part of one such group that comprises of my former primary school classmates, the 98’ alumni, we proudly call ourselves. Most times we reminisce about funny stuff from Mr. Ali’s beard, the teacher who made sure we all ‘loved’ mathematics by caning the hell out of us, to Ms. Dora the music teacher who loved to dress in red. On this day however, there is extra excitement. Someone has shared a link discussing changes in legislation in a European country that will allow for immigrants to hold jobs in that country.

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