In June 2016, I attended the workshop in Kumasi, Ghana as the first GSK trainer. A five day programme covering everything from simple theory to troubleshooting, the workshops have been a real eye opener, allowing me to understand the difficulties and challenges the delegates face in Africa. The one thing that’s stuck with me from each workshop so far is the pure enthusiasm of the delegates. They really wanted to be there and with only 15 spaces awarded out of every 100 applicants, they had a real sense of achievement. The scientists made every moment count and crammed in all the information they could get. At some points we even had to force them to leave at the end of the day!!
It’s hard to overstate the importance of these workshops and the partnership behind them. As scientists, we learn from each other and can only develop through sharing information, understanding each other’s needs and building skills where they are needed. I feel very privileged to be part of this process and am excited to see what comes next. Today we are at the beginning of our journey, in five years time who knows where we will be.