Africa carries the majority of the world’s health burden and at the same time lacks the critical mass of researchers and scientist to address the health problem of the continent and contribute to the global health research.
A research ecosystem that allows African brains to collaborate with each other and their international counterparts, share best practices and leverage common tools and resources is key to durably solve the major health challenges for Africa. Collaboration allows people to accomplish more together than they can individually, serve larger groups of people, and attain higher levels of knowledge.
Collaboration is essential in for research and development of new therapies and diagnostics, the establishment of disease surveillance systems, outbreak investigation and control, and delivery of various health services with maximal coverage and efficiency. Collaboration often adds breadth to the scope of work, depth and length to the scientific network. It is always refreshing and productive when experts from various fields come together for extensive collaborative efforts. The African Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM) has seen the significance of strong partnerships and collaborations that entail extensive literature review, data analysis and in-depth interviews with leading researchers. Collaboration makes way for the development of new strategies and innovative …read more