The Africa Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases (ACEGID) has hosted the first meeting of the
ACEs in the health category at Redeemer’s University, Ede. The two-day meeting was attended by representatives
from five health ACEs in West Africa, including the West African Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens
(WACCBIP), University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana; Centre of Excellence for Reproductive Health and Innovation
(CERHI), University of Benin; Africa Centre of Excellence for Phytomedicine Research and Development
(ACEPRD), University of Jos; African Centre of Excellence for Neglected Tropical Diseases and Forensic
Biotechnology (ACENTDFB), Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, and the host ACE, each represented by their Centre
Leader, Deputy Centre Leader as well as the Monitoring and Evaluation Officer.
The focus of the meeting, as discussed by the chief host and Centre Leader of ACEGID, Professor Christian Happi,
was to discuss challenges that cut across the health ACEs and come up with solutions. It was also to share best
practices. Common issues discussed at the meeting were attraction of regional students, Internally Generated Revenue
(IGR) and sustainability, students’ internship, linkage with industries, remuneration of peripheral staff, Monitoring
and Evaluation, supply chain and networking among health ACEs. The challenges faced by health ACEs in the region
were well discussed and solutions proffered.
Participants also toured the ACEGID laboratories to inspect the available facilities.
At the end of the deliberations, a Communiqué was issued and circulated to the National Universities Commission
(NUC), Association of African Universities (AAU) and the World Bank.