What we work on

  • Posted on: 5 May 2016
  • By: admin

Our group is made up of epidemiologists, immunologists, mathematical biologists, molecular biologists and medics who all bring their expertise to advance current understanding of schistosomiasis; the parasites, the hosts, the infection and the disease. Our ultimate goal is to inform schistosome control and help improve the overall health of people living in schistosome endemic areas.  

We have strong collaborative links in Africa, where all our fieldwork is conducted.

Funding of Science Research and Development in Africa

We are very interested in the sustainability of science and health research in Africa, and believe it will be useful to have data on research expenditure by African governments on research and development are undertaking project to bring this information together from various sources. As a starting point, there is a pledge by African governments to invest at least 1% Gross Domestic Product (GDP) towards funding scientific research. We have developed an interactive map which shows data on the % of GDP expenditure devoted to research and development (R&D) in Africa in the last five years (2010-2015). The information was extracted from various sources including the National Government reports and other databases (e.g. UNESCO, The World Bank). This interactive time series map will be updated regularly as information becomes readily available to reflect countries' progress towards the 1% GDP Science Funding. The idea is to stimulate efforts and commitment to improving scientific research and development in Africa. This project whose ideas were initially developed at a workshop of the African Science Leadership Program is collaborative between our group and Dr Emmanuel Unuabonah at Redeemer's University, Nigeria. Please visit this page regularly as we will be updating the webpage, and if you have any ideas that can contribute to this project we would be happy to hear from you.

View R&D expenditure in a larger map