oa African Journal of Health Professions Education - The needs of biomedical science training in Africa : perspectives from the experience of young scientists

Volume 3, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5127



Biomedical research is a powerful tool for solving health challenges in developing regions. The present study is aimed at describing the needs of biomedical science training in Africa from the experience of young African scientists at home and in the diaspora. A total of 107 young scientists were recruited through existing international networks and interviewed via a web-based program, on the current status of biomedical research in their different institutions, as well as the major obstacles faced and their aspirations. This survey revealed that although considerable efforts have been made in strengthening research capacity in Africa, much remains to be done. Biomedical research in Africa is seriously hindered by obstacles such as lack of infrastructure, expertise, energy supply, institutional support and financial support from governments. We encourage applied research and public-private partnership to foster implementation of research findings into goods and services for public benefit.

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