The Geopolitics of Health Science Research; Comment on “The Roles of Regional Organisations in Strengthening Health Research Systems in Africa: Activities, Gaps, and Future Perspectives”

Document Type : Commentary


1 Department of Geography, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2, Ireland

2 School of Tourism and Hospitality, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa


African development is defined by a number of meta-trends, including climate disruption, digitalisation, informalisation, regionalisation and most recently the impacts of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. The paper under consideration here is informed primarily by two of these: regionalism and the COVID-19 pandemic. Africa, or at least parts of it, have been severely affected by pandemics in recent decades. At the same time deepening regionalisation allows for more coordinated and effective actions to mitigate their worst effects. However, to date, regional integration efforts have not generally delivered desired results, and in the area of Health Science Research (HSciR) specifically, which is the area of focus for this paper. This important paper considers the nature of current activities in relation to health research by regional organizations on the continent. It provides a baseline study and incipient manifesto for increased effectiveness and greater contribution in the area of HSciR on the continent.


Main Subjects

  1. Jones CM, Sobngwi-Tambekou J, Mijumbi RM, Hedquist A, Wenham C, Parkhurst J. The roles of regional organisations in strengthening health research systems in Africa: activities, gaps, and future perspectives. Int J Health Policy Manag. 2022. doi:34172/ijhpm.2022.6426
  2. Carmody P. Going viral? The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on Sino-African relations. Afr Stud Q. 2021;20(3):1-23.
  3. Aidoo R. Explaining the Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on China-Africa Relations. 2020.
  • Receive Date: 06 July 2022
  • Revise Date: 21 November 2022
  • Accept Date: 26 November 2022
  • First Publish Date: 30 November 2022