Between 7 and 11 December, 2015, twenty-four education and health research professionals, from Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau and Mozambique, attended the Scientific Writing workshop organized by IHMT, under the coordination of the Deputy Director Maria do Rosario Oliveira Martins, and in collaboration with the CEDUMED center from Universidade Agostinho Neto, in Angola, and the Faculty of Medicine of Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, in Mozambique.
The course was supported by the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases of the World Health Organization (TDR/WHO) and aimed at empowering on the process of writing and publishing scientific papers, with the final purpose of submitting an article to a scientific peer-review journal within the six months following the workshop.
Laércia de Carvalho, medical doctor and vice-coordinator of the malaria control program in Guinea-Bissau extols the importance of this training: “it was positive. For the first time, I had the opportunity to participate in a scientific writing course, and learned a lot.”
Asked about how to put the knowledge acquired into practice, Laércia responds by saying she will “convey everything I learned in this workshop to my colleagues when returning to my country.”
Another trainee, Manuel Lemos (photo on the left), an Angolan doctor, saw the workshop as an opportunity “to learn how to write a scientific paper.”
Hélio Mucavele, junior researcher at the Research Centre of Manhiça in Mozambique, says that the acquired knowledge will be useful for his career in research: “It will provide me with a background to begin my career as a researcher”. He adds that the training allowed to make contacts and meet other realities. “It was an opportunity to meet colleagues and establish links with other countries”.
Isabel Inês, PhD in Biomedical Sciences and Professor at University of Cape Verde, believes the workshop allows to develop collaboration networks in health research between Portugal and the Portuguese-speaking African countries (PALOP). “I hope that new collaborative networks and joint research can emerge from this workshop with both researchers from Portugal and the PALOP”.
On the other hand, Isabel Inês expects to share the acquired knowledge with colleagues who have not had the opportunity to participate in the training workshop.