Medical research versus disease burden in Africa

Hugo Confraria*, L. Wang

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Africa is a continent facing severe, urgent, and often unique health challenges. At the same time, in most African countries, national research funding is very limited and research systems are usually dependant on international research funding and collaboration. Therefore, in this context, there are worries that foreign partners will dominate medical research agendas, which may take research away from being relevant to specific local health needs. In this article, we investigate whether the distribution of medical research priorities and investment in medical research, across diseases in Africa, is related to the disease burden of local populations between 2006 and 2015. Our results show that, although African medical research capacity is still very weak and greatly dependant on public non-African and philanthropic funders, medical research specialisation in sub-Saharan Africa is generally associated with its disease burden.
Original languageEnglish
Article number103916
Number of pages18
JournalResearch Policy
Volume49
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2020

JEL classifications

  • o32 - Management of Technological Innovation and R&D

Keywords

  • Disease burden
  • Research priorities
  • Science policy, Africa, Research funding
  • Economic and social effects
  • Finance
  • Disease burdens
  • International researches
  • Local populations
  • Medical research
  • Research funding
  • Research networks
  • Sub-saharan africa
  • Health
  • HEALTH RESEARCH
  • RESEARCH-AND-DEVELOPMENT
  • COVERAGE
  • ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
  • POLICY
  • WEB
  • SCOPUS
  • SCIENCE

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