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Locals must lead the way to African scientific capacity and solutions

Locals must lead the way to African scientific capacity and solutions

VICTORIA KASPROWICZ, University of KwaZulu-Natal DENIS CHOPERA, University of KwaZulu-Natal AFRICA bears a disproportionately high burden of globally significant diseases. But the continent has lagged in knowledge production to address its health challenges. There are a number of factors that contribute to this. These include the absence of a critical mass of researchers even where pockets of excellence exist. Progression pathways for those in scientific careers are very weak. Scientists have limited access to scientific publications and research support services. And legacies of colonialism – such as funding and publishing structures – continue to favour Northern-based researchers. The problems facing…
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