- UTC professor Kelly Chibale named one of Fortune Magazine’s ’50 World’s Greatest Leaders’ for 2018
- Chibale is the founder and director of ‘H3D’, Africa’s first integrated drug discovery centre
- He is a true inspiration to all for what he has achieved and he has made South Africa proud
Professor Kelly Chibale, has been named one of Fortune Magazine’s ’50 World’s Greatest Leaders’ for 2018. Prof Chibale, is the founder and director of ‘H3D’, Africa’s first integrated drug discovery centre.
The H3D centre has grown into a world-class centre thanks to this UCT Professor. The centre is located at UCT and has more than 60 researches. Approximately 30 postgraduate (MSc and PhD) research students and postdoctoral fellows from Prof Chibale academic group, are also accommodated in the centre.
There are various partnerships such as, Gates Foundation, Medicines for Malaria Venture, Novartis and the South African government which has aided in this facilities been a state-of-the-art. The main focus is on drugs to combat Malaria and TB. Prof Chibale’s aim is to create drugs that the human body will not become resistant to.
At the present, Africa is reliant on medical discoveries from abroad. Professor Kelly has faith in the ability of the African continent making meaningful contributions towards medical discoveries.
“We need to demonstrate that Africa has more to offer than the mere opportunity for human clinical trials.”
“Africa has largely been a recipient of Western research. It is time for Africa to also contribute research so that people from other continents can also benefit. The challenges we are trying to address in Africa are not just African challenges but human challenges. In this way, Africa can earn respect.”
Bill and Melinda Gates are also on the same list, and Professor Kelly is so humbled to be featured with these two amazing people who are working to aid Africa’s fight against malaria. The Prof’s hopes are that African based millionaires and billionaires will follow suite towards the fight of the disease.
“Although I have no right to tell African billionaires and millionaires how they should use their money‚ I would like them to consider following the example set by Bill and Melinda by investing in scientific research in Africa.”
“Africa is no longer just a place to conduct human malaria clinical trials. Africa is now also a place for malaria drug discovery and development. It is important to combat malaria‚ not just because of the unacceptably high numbers of deaths it is responsible for‚ especially among our children‚ but also because malaria continues to choke economic growth on the continent.”
Growing up in poverty in Zambia, and to where he is now, Professor Kelly hopes that his story will inspire many to never give up on their dreams. This amazing world-leading professor believes it doesn’t matter where you start in life, but where you end up that counts.
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