In developing countries, as elsewhere, fewer people are taking up careers in medical research. But in such countries the need for more academic medicine is considerable.
In this article, Nelson Sewankambo, dean of Makerere University Medical School in Uganda says that academic medicine has a lot to offer but stresses the need for research to focus on relevant issues, such as HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis. And instead of stopping at the point of publishing their results, researchers should strive to close the gap between research and action or policy, and must work with policy makers to do so, says Sewankambo.
The ability of medical research institutions in developing countries to contribute to global health would benefit from great collaboration with and assistance from their counterparts in the North.