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Doing experimental science in Africa : how to ? - 10. Alpha Kabinet Keita: building of a research centre

Guinea has now a biology laboratory dedicated to infectious diseases.

"We were fortunate, also with the support of the University of Conakry, to obtain an empty plot of 900 square metres as a result of our projects. The foundation stone was laid by the President of the Republic of Guinea and the French Minister of Foreign Affairs on 11 November 2016. And we ended up with this beautiful research centre called CERFIG: the Centre de Recherche et de Formation en Infectiologie de Guinée.

It is the first of its kind in the country and would also allow teams to develop basic research, applied research and experimental research.

Everything we have managed to do in Guinea is based on people. In particular Professor Eric Delaporte who supported all the actions we have carried out and who accompanied us to the Guinean authorities and enabled us to set up all these projects.

Also, these various projects would not have been possible in Guinea but for a team. These are my colleagues with whom I work: Abdoulaye Toure, who is an epidemiologist and pharmacist, and Mamadou Saliou Sow, who is an infectiologist, the first Guinean associate in infectious diseases.

Each of them is working on a part of these different projects, which has enabled us today to obtain a research centre where we carry out world-class work, which we publish on behalf of Guinea. That was not the case before the epidemic."


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