Zambia’s award Winning scientific researcher Professor Kelly Chibale has called on government to invest in scientific infrastructure to enable Zambian scientists realise their potential.
Professor Chibale who was recently recognised as one of 50 greatest leaders in the world for the year 2018 says infrastructure development is the basis on which ground breaking research would flourish.
Speaking at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, Prof Chibale observed that Zambia has the potential and talent to produce world class researchers.
He says networking and globally aligned scientific projects were important as science was universal. There needs to be focus on world class research that addresses local problems and challenges with attendant training in the Zambian context and environment.
He observed that Zambian scientists need global partnerships in order to tap into other networks for the things they didn’t have at home.
Prof Chibale noted that a dedicated team of Scientists with integrated skills was also important in the field of scientific research as it complemented the needs of the project.
He has since urged Zambian Scientists to come up with globally aligned projects in order to attract global funding as financial resources were competitive world over.
And Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa His Excellency Mr Emmanuel Mwamba has commended Prof Chibale for the good humanitarian work his doing in improving the lives of people.
He says Zambia was happy that his positive contribution to human lives was recognised globally, hence, flying Zambia’s Flag High.
Prof Chibale is currently leading a team of over 90 researchers in the fields ofchemistry, biology and pharmacology with a focus onthe discovery of potential medicines to treat Malaria, TB and drug resistant infections of bacterial origin in efforts to combat antimicrobial resistance.
This research is happening at H3D, Africa’s first Integrated drug discovery and development research centre at the University of Cape town.