Ugandan scientists are told to set the research agenda.
(Credit: Christopher Bendana)
SCIENCE & RESEARCH
KAMPALA - Dr Elioda Tumwesigye (pictured), the minister for science, technology and innovation, has implored Ugandan scientists to set the research agenda rather than follow research interests of sponsors.
Speaking during a dialogue Examination of Uganda's National Guidelines for Research involving humans as research participants in Kampala, Tumwesigye said research should be geared towards solving our own problems.
He assured the scientists of President Yoweri Museveni's support.
Dr. Andrew Mujugira, a research scientist in the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington in the US, said that not all research funds from the developed world are conditional though he advocated for more government funding if the country wants to control its research.
"There are some open research funds where you can propose your own research," he said.
Dr. Nielsen Nielsen, director regional partnerships at International Aids Vaccine Initiative (IAVI), agreed with Minister Tumwesigye on local scientists setting the agenda so that research responds to solving local problems.
She said Ugandan scientists are setting the agenda through agencies like Ministry of Health and Uganda National Health Research Organization.
"I think they set the agenda."