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Experts say that securing longer term funding for clinical trial centres would help boost research capacity in Africa. Photograph: Sunday Alamba/AP

Nurturing health innovation in Africa

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13 ways to boost research

Originally published by theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network.

 

What needs to happen to reverse the brain drain and secure funding across the continent? The Guardian’s global development professionals panel suggest where to start.

 

  • We need to look at how we can sustain funding for further research after specific projects end.
  • See the economic advantages: Governments need to recognise more than just the social benefits of investing in R&D.
  • We need to reverse brain drain by identifying small research hubs that are working to expand
  • Bring health innovation to communities: Mobile clinics find people at home, work etc and this has helped improve testing to more than 80% of adults.
  • Create incentives for private investment. Partner with the private sector in the north and the south
  • Invest in mobile technologies
  • Create a skilled workforce, and jobs for them to do
  • Reduce the cost of open-access publishing
  • Make research useful: Researchers should establish positive relationships with policymakers and government and industry.
  • Get a 1% GDP commitment: African governments must be convinced that if they commit to locally relevant research, it will positively help to generate alternative resources and balance the budget.

 

Read the full article at theguardian.com.

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