Date: June 5, 2019
Time: 07:30AM - 09:00AM
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Drug discovery research in Africa has lagged behind that carried out in the more developed nations of the world. Africa is often described as the “next frontier” in the global economy, yet a crippling disease burden continues to choke economic growth on the continent. It is thus vital for Africans to contribute to finding solutions to their health problems, which are not just African health problems but human health problems. Historically Africa has benefited immensely from medicines discovered and developed elsewhere. It is time for Africa to reciprocate and in the process contribute to the creation of science jobs in Africa as well as confront afro-pessimism and debunk the myth that Africa is not, and cannot be, a source of health innovation. However, many diseases endemic to Africa differ from those of more advanced economies or are often more severe.
The drive to find treatments and cures will be greatest where the impact will be highest - i.e., on the African continent. The lead for doing so has come from African academic institutions, and it is important to understand the types of partnerships and collaborations in Africa that can be made between academia, philanthropic organizations, governments and the pharmaceutical industry to optimize practices and minimize redundancies to deliver valuable new drugs. The lessons learned from doing successful drug discovery in an academic institution in Africa are also relevant to similarly inclined academic institutions worldwide, including those in more advanced economies.
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This Keystone Symposia ePanel event was made possible by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
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