Professor Isabella Quakyi, Dean, School of Public Health, University of Ghana, said the younger generation needed to be mentored to make scientific research attractive to them.
She also called for the development of clear research and transforming scientific and research thinking for national development.
She said there was the need to build the expertise who could sit across the table as scientific equals and debate what was good for the people.
Prof. Quakyi said this at the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences Inaugural Lecture 2015 in Accra, on the topic; “Building biomedical research capacity for malaria vaccines and public health from grassroots to policy: Challenges, achievements and future perspectives”.
She said in order to accelerate the development and licensing of an effective malaria vaccine, the Malaria Vaccine Technology Roadmap had been developed.
“The goals of the roadmap are to develop and license a first generation vaccine with 50 per cent protective efficacy against severe disease and death lasting longer than one year in 2015 and by 2025 develop a malaria vaccine that has efficacy of 80 per cent against clinical disease and provide protection for longer than four years,” she said.
She said unlike drug development research, technologies in vaccine research and productions were much expensive as the process required extensive screening and funding, saying that local governments must show interest in such works.
Prof Quakyi said the School of Public Health would have to accelerate the establishment of state-of-the -art laboratories to enable cutting edge research.
She said embarking on mass vaccination or treatment should not be done in isolation as there should be education on serious public health issues, sanitation, waste disposal and socio-behavioral contexts.
Prof Akilagpa Sayyerr, President of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences, commended Prof Quakyi for her quest to find lasting vaccine for malaria through cutting edge research. GNA