Developing a bespoke Pan-African capacity strengthening programme
The Center for Global Health, in collaboration with the Department of International Affairs and the Institut Pasteur International Network (IPIN), are currently working on developing a bespoke Pan-African capacity strengthening programme with the goal to support health research and training in Africa. In addition to building local expertise, it will aim to strengthen the Pan-African research collaboration by linking research groups across the continent, especially between the Francophone and Anglophone regions.
The aim is to offer a bespoke, demand – led support platform, based on the existing research strengths, current and future research ambitions, as well as identified skill gaps at Institutions of Higher Education across Africa, developed in collaboration with relevant stakeholders on the continent and beyond.
The programme will focus on the next generation of researches, particularly post-graduates and post-docs, and their career development and employability. Furthermore, it will aspire to better integrate researchers into the existing health research networks in Africa.
The capacity strengthening programme will concentrate on two research priority areas: emerging infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance (AMR), with Malaria being the third possible area of research. Training opportunities within these priority domains include bioinformatics and biostatistics, molecular genetics (including human genetics), training on –omics technology, but also lab training in areas such as microbiology.