Building on the successful mentorship programme at the H3D Drug Discovery and Development centre in 2019-2020, the H3D Foundation will manage an African-wide Global Health Mentorship Programme targeting the 16 recipients of the Grand Challenges Africa Drug Discovery Program.
The Grand Challenges Africa Drug Discovery program currently supports emerging drug discovery researchers from South Africa, Mali, Nigeria, Cameroon, Ghana and Kenya.
The grantees will undergo scientific leadership training and will be matched with industry partners from the Pharmaceutical and Global Health Industry to provide specialised mentorship in the following five thematic areas
- the scientific process
- scientific communication
- personal interactions
- career progression
- scientific responsibility
The pilot program at H3D attracted mentors from top pharma companies, including Astra-Zeneca, Calibr, Gates Medical Research Institute, Janssen/J&J, Merck, Medicines for Malaria Venture, Novartis and Scripps Research Institute.