In the last couple of decades, there has been a gradual shift from concentration of large-scale research in the north with its attendant lack of opportunities in the south to the creation of many opportunities in the field of biomedical research, particularly in Africa. This has largely been driven by the concept of globalization, which has also refined the direction, and approach of biomedical research from tropical medicine through to global health with emphasis on “one health”.
I personally believe that our strength is not in pitching one against the other in science but collectively pursuing an agenda that seeks to break the vicious cycle of ignorance, poverty and consequential disease through building partnerships. In collaborative research, we partner each other to conceptualize, plan and implement our collective research agenda to answer specific research questions with the hope that by so doing, we promote the collective good of our study populations. Hopefully there is a lot of common good that may eventually contribute to brain gain at the least.