100 high school students drawn from schools in Manicaland Province are benefiting from a partnership between African Institute of Biomedical Science and Technology (AIBST), Africa University (AU) and the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education to nurture forensic investigators and genomic scientists.

AU Vice Chancellor, Professor Munashe Furusa said the initiative is feeding into the development of Zimbabwe’s health agenda as it aims at inspiring young people to be inventive scientists from an early stage in life as they also seek to bridge the gap from theory to practice.

“The students are benefiting from established scientists as they are being taught how to conduct biomedical research using the latest genomic technologies,” he said.

Professor Collen Masimirembwa, who is coaching the students, said the benefits of such initiatives in the country are that it will be self sufficient to health requirements in as far as the human capital is concerned.

After training, each school team will be tasked with identifying a health challenge in their community that can be solved by forensic and genomic technologies and write a research proposal. 

After that, schools will be given scientific research equipment, reagents and mentors from universities to help them conduct the research.