Ghanaian scientists among top experts profiled at critical scientific meeting

Ghanaian scientists among top experts profiled at critical scientific meeting

- Scientists from Ghana are among 300 health experts who converged at a scientific meeting in Dakar

- The forum featured an innovative research aimed at reducing Africa's disease burden and creating heathier communities

- The event was a partnership between the Senegal based DELTAS Africa network and related Francophone-based programmes

Scientists from Ghana are among 300 health scientists from Africa and other parts of the world who gathered at a landmark scientific gathering held from July 15 and 17, 2019 in Dakar, Senegal.

The forum showcased a ground-breaking research aimed at reducing Africa’s disease burden and creating healthier communities.

Scientific breakthroughs discussed at the meeting include progress being made on research towards an HIV cure and early detection tools for cancer and malaria.

The DELTAS Africa Scientific Conference, themed, ‘A critical mass: developing world-class research leaders’ will be the first in Francophone Africa, demonstrating The African Academy of Science’s commitment to break language and geographical barriers and help foster intra-African collaboration.

The event was organised through a partnership between the Senegal based DELTAS Africa network and related Francophone-based programmes including The Malaria Research Capacity Development (MARCAD).

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“The conference represents a unique opportunity to demonstrate the value of investing in science and in training a critical mass of scientific leaders in Africa,” says DELTAS Africa Programme Manager Alphonsus Neba.

“DELTAS Africa is creating professional cutting-edge research environments that will be sustained long after the programme has ended and provide conducive environments to do great science,” he adds.

Among scientists from Ghana who were profiled at the meeting is Emmanuel Amlabu, a Post-doctoral Fellow who is working on developing a malaria vaccine.

The convening will be the third Annual Grantees’ Meeting of The Developing Excellence in Leadership, Training and Science (DELTAS Africa) programme; a US$100 million programme of The African Academy of Sciences supporting the Africa-led development of world-class scientific leaders through health research support, training fellowships, mentorship, and investments in research infrastructure in 12 programmes spanning 21 countries.

Notable attendees will include the Father of Africa Genomics, Charles Rotimi from the National Institute of Health and the 2008 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, Marty Chalfie.

Meanwhile, at a time when plastic has become a herculean menace for many countries, here in Ghana, young individuals are undertaking projects that turn plastic waste into fuel like grease, diesel and petrol for household use.

The project has received a GEFSGPGhana UNDP Ghana support to begin the pilot stage of the laudable initiative.

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