Education: The key to health in Africa

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James K. Tumwine is an editor with a mission. An associate professor of paediatrics at Makerere University in Uganda, Tumwine launched the successful journal African Health Sciences as a vehicle for original African research. But his vision for the continent extends well beyond the science community.

In this interview, Tumwine says that Africa’s most pressing health issue is a lack of education. He saw this clearly when researching a cholera outbreak, and observing that a wealthy area of Kampala, populated by well-educated people, remained completely untouched.

Tumwine cites malaria as another disease of the poor, failing to feature on the global agenda because it no longer affects the West. Africa, he says, must solve its own problems, and can only do it by investing in the minds of its people.

Link to interview in New Scientist