Young Scientists

Doing experimental science in Africa: how to? - 17. Questions: Funds to send equipment in Africa

You can get free equipment in Europe, but it is expensive to send it to Africa.

Question: "I agree with what Veronica said about the lack of equipment in most universities in Africa. I have experience as a teacher in Zambia. I was there for three years and I can say that most of the equipment was reduced to a microscope. And there was no more advanced equipment. We can't do much research. It is not really possible to provide students with the necessary equipment in the laboratories. I am doing my PhD at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, and often they put out the excess equipment, and say that anyone can use it. I don't have this equipment in my country, and here it is available. It would be great to be able to have it. But there are also shipping costs. So you were talking about the organizations that funded you. Do you know if there are any agencies that could help with the shipment of this equipment? Because it would be possible to have free equipment in the United Kingdom. It's just a question of how to send it to my country."

Veronica Okello: "Remember I said earlier that I had received a grant for equipment in the United States, worth $170,000. They gave me these instruments, and then it was up to me to know how to send them. There is an organization, OPCW (Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons). They have a grant available for the shipment of equipment. You can visit their website and see how they can help you with shipping costs."

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