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Trop Med Int Health. 2015 Dec;20(12):1771-7. doi: 10.1111/tmi.12599. Epub 2015 Oct 12.

Immunology in Africa.

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1
MRC/UVRI Uganda Research Unit on AIDS, Entebbe, Uganda.
2
Clinical Research Department, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, UK.
3
Department of Medical Microbiology, Makerere University College of Health Sciences, Kampala, Uganda.
4
Uganda Virus Research Institute, Entebbe, Uganda.
5
Infectious Diseases Institute, Makerere University College of Health Sciences, Kampala, Uganda.
6
Department of Veterinary Pharmacy, Clinical and Comparative Medicine, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda.
7
Department of Pathology, Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK.

Abstract

Africa is a continent with a large burden of both infectious and non-communicable diseases. If we are to move forward as a continent, we need to equip our growing cadre of exceptional young scientists with the skills needed to tackle the diseases endemic to this continent. For this, immunology is among the key disciplines. Africans should be empowered to study and understand the diseases that affect them, and to perform their cutting-edge research in their country of origin. This requires a multifaceted approach, with buy-in from funders, overseas partners and perhaps, most important of all, African governments themselves.

KEYWORDS:

Africa; immunology

PMID:
26391634
PMCID:
PMC4737115
DOI:
10.1111/tmi.12599
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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