The Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR), University of Ghana, Legon in partnership with researchers from French National Institute for Sustainable Development (IRD) and African Centres of Excellence based at the University of Ghana and Benin held a meeting to discuss the issues related to research for development in the West African Sub-region on 14th and 15th November, 2017.The meeting was held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the International Joint Laboratory for the Control of Helminth Infections (LMI-CONSHELM).
The meeting aimed at mobilizing researchers from the network (Benin-Ghana), to participate as major players in the implementation of control/elimination plans for helminth infections at the country and reional levels. The meeting also addressed the sustainability of African Centres of Excellence and the initiative for an African Research Council (ARC), which is a support mechanism being considered for promoting scientific research of excellence in Africa, carried out by African institutions with European support.
Speaking at the meeting H.E. François Pujolas, the French Ambassador to Ghana recalled the need to promote research in Africa in order to support the development of the continent. He stated the importance of having a pragmatic approach in solving issues and mentioned the involvement of the Cooperation Service of the French Embassy in Ghana and the French Development Agency (AFD).
He also congratulated IRD for its effort of building the capacity of young scientists for a generational excellence and commended the French Government’s efforts towards the whole initiative and encouraged Africans to adopt change through innovation.
The Director of NMIMR, Professor Kwabena Bosompem said the outstanding positioning of the Universityof Ghaan as being a world class university with an intensive research unit implies that the Institute is expected to pay particular attention to community development. " The Millennium Development Goals 8 states the need for developing global partnerships for develpoment and NMIMR, as part of its initiative has also embarked on a journey of building stategic partnerships" he said. Professor Bosompem reiterated that these partnerships are those that can break barriers into innovation and create platforms into the next level of human society.
Professor Kwabena Bosompem (left) and H.E. François Pujolas(right)
Professor Nicaise Ndam a representative of IRD spoke on IRD and its functions. He said IRD supports scientific cooperation, sets out to understand climate change in order to implement adapted solutions, to train masters and PhD students as well as to support committees in research and education works such as the junior team.
He again emphasized several programme IRD is embarking which includes assessing the impact of climatic change in some African countries, malaria research programme among others.
Professor Nicaise Ndam IRD Representative
Professor Gordon Awandare, Director WACCBIP(left) and Professor Eric Dankwa Director WACCI (right)
A photo of participants during a plenary section
Participants engaged in Laboratory activities.
There were plenary discussions with leaders of African Centres of Excellence in Ghana and AFD .
The Participating research institutions included:
- West Africa Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens (WACCBIP)
- West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI)
- Institute for Environment and Sanitation Studies (IESS)
- University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin