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Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has been an ongoing threat to public health in South Africa as well as other countries in Africa. Disturbingly, the burden in the continent from infectious diseases has also been on the rise. Part of the reason is the persistence of infections associated with tropical regions as well as the higher rates of poverty and greater spread of drug resistance.
"Prof Kelly Chibale talks about the bonds he has formed through his illustrious career which began in an impoverished Zambian township."
Prof Chibale was featured in this weeks Noseweek Issue #241, 1st November 2019 By Sue Segar
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Africa accounts for 15% of the global population and 25% of the global disease burden, yet the discovery and development of medicines that end up in Africa has historically only happened in the global north. It is time for the situation to change, says Professor Kelly Chibale, director and founder of the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Drug Discovery and Development Centre, H3D.
With African-led innovation in drug discovery lower than other continents, the government has a responsibility to address the barriers that stand in the way of creating an innovation-friendly environment.
Eight innovators from seven African countries have been announced as the inaugural awardees of the Grand Challenges (GC) Africa drug discovery programme. They will be involved in research that will advance the discovery of new drugs to prevent, treat and cure diseases endemic to Africa.
A feature on Professor Kelly Chibale and H3D has been published in the UK-based Financial Times, one of the world's leading news organisations. The article can be found here: https://www.ft.com/content/c3e47c32-c8c2-11e9-af46-b09e8bfe60c0
The generous donation will be used to establish an initial five-year Neville Isdell Chair in African-centric Drug Discovery and Development at H3D. H3D’s director and founder Professor Kelly Chibale will hold the Chair, which includes the directorship of H3D.
In April 2019 Advanced Courses and Scientific Conferences (ACSC) held a one-week course in South Africa entitled ‘Practical Aspects of Drug Discovery: At the Interface of Biology, Chemistry and Pharmacology’.
June 5, 2019
The US Financial Times recently featured Kelly Chibale as an Innovator in Drug Discovery in Africa
KELLY CHIBALE: LEADING THE WAY IN AFRICAN DRUG DISCOVERY
The rag in Kelly Chibale’s rags-to-riches story is the lit one he used to put into a paraffin-filled tub so that he could study at night. Brought up amid violence and squalor in the Zambian copper belt settlement of Kabulanda — whose name, he says, literally denotes “sadness” — Mr Chibale has fashioned a successful career from a tough start.