Here’s why Africa needs to invest in home-grown science

A researcher from the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) collects insect traps at the Zika Forest in Entebbe, south of Uganda's capital Kampala March 2, 2016. In a patch of forest near Lake Victoria in Uganda, mosquitoes known to carry the Zika virus buzz with little seeming worry amid the local community. Scientists use a 120-foot high steel tower to harvest mosquitoes for research into viruses afflicting man and animals. Beyond that, however, there's little sign in the 15-acre Zika Forest of its central role in unravelling one of the world's major healthy crises in recent times.  REUTERS/James Akena SEARCH "ZIKA FOREST" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES  - GF10000354160

Funding African research, like this Zika virus project in Uganda, can help the continent prosper. Image: REUTERS/James Akena

Isayvani Naicker
Director of Strategy and Partnerships , African Academy of Sciences
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