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Language-based equity in African health research

Discover top findings and recommendations from a Wellcome-commissioned study on language-based equity in African health research.

30 Nov 2021
13:00-14:30 UTC

Of the 1.33 billion people in Africa, only 6.5 million are native English speakers. However, English has been referred to as the dominant global language of scientific communication and publication, which raises efficacy and equity concerns.

Wellcome commissioned research into language-based equity in African health science research, to find out whether the status of English as the dominant language of science is contributing to wider structural inequalities within health science research.

The full study report and policy brief are now available in English, and translated versions in French, Portuguese, Arabic and Swahili are available here.

What will the webinar cover?

During the webinar, speakers from the research team, led by Dr Aaron Yarmoshuk, Independent Consultant and Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Toronto, will present the key findings and recommendations from the language equity study. External global experts will also be taking part in the conversation.

Live translations will be available in English and French.


Deadline to register: ​26 November at 12.00 UTC 

Dr Aaron Yarmoshuk, Independent Consultant & Adjunct Lecturer, University of Toronto, Canada

Dr Yarmoshuk is a Freelance Consultant and Researcher with over 25 years of experience in 16 African countries.  He supports organisations with identifying, developing and monitoring and evaluating projects and programmes in the areas of capacity strengthening, public health, higher education internationalisation and community development. He has professional experience in academia and the not-for-profit and private sectors, specializing in strategy, project development and implementation, results-based management and cost-effective, robust monitoring and evaluation.

Dr Doreen Mloka, Senior Lecturer, Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, Tanzania

Dr Mloka is a senior lecturer and scientist in Microbiology and Medical Education based at the School of Pharmacy and Directorate of Continuing Education and Professional Development, Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) in Tanzania. Her background is in medical microbiology, she concurrently focuses on medical/health profession education. She has expertise in competency-based curriculum development. She has also been involved in curricular development, learning and assessment faculty development for faculty and tutors of both government and private health training institutions.

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