By Francis Emorut
Researchers should conduct research that is meaningful and responsive to society needs, a science expert has advised.
“Research should contribute service and fulfill human needs in the country. We need to think beyond our borders,” Prof. Celestino Obua, told fellow scientists, researchers and health experts.
He said what is required is competence to develop meaningful research and urged research institutions to work together.
“There is need of collaboration both within and outside the country to see how to solve societal problems using global approach,” he stated.
Obua advised researchers to ensure that research outputs and their translation into policy are implementable.
“You must ensure that the findings can be translated into action,” he said.
Obua was addressing scientists, health experts and researchers during the scientific health meeting in Kampala.
Obua, who is also the deputy principal of Makerere College of Health Sciences, emphasized the need of partnership among colleges and the international institutions to ensure that research outputs are not disputable.
He streesed the need for infrastructure to be in place so as to be able to have knowledge and skills transfer as well as capacity building for researchers.
He observed that institutions of higher learning have a key role to play to ensure that the outputs of any research findings bear meaning in terms of meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) target.
He called upon researchers to come up with joint proposals in research and work with different government ministries to find solutions for societal needs.
He also emphasized for the need to engage students doing research to go to the communities and find solutions to their problems.
Obua was backed by Dr. Isaac Okullo who pointed out that dissemination of findings by researchers should be related to Millennium Development Goals.
“It should eradicate poverty and hunger. The information disseminated should impact on how Uganda will achieve MDGs by 2015,” Okullo said.