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Vol. 28 No. 5
September-October 2006

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Emerging Issues in Developing Countries

This series seeks to inform readers, explore new ideas, and promote discussion on themes related to developing countries and emerging analytical communities. If you wish to contribute to this series, please contact Jan-Åke Jönsson <jan_ake.jonsson@analykem.lu.se>. Articles in this series are available from <www.iupac.org/publications/ci/indexes/emerging-issues.html>.

Maintenance of Scientific and Technical Equipment — Faced by African Institutions

by Dzengo Mzengeza

Scientific equipment is essential for performing research, education, and quality assurance services, as well as for allowing sustainable development and output to take place. Equipment should be functional and well maintained, and users should be trained on how to operate and care for it.

A survey carried out by the International Foundation for Science in 2002 revealed that a major constraint on the output of research in Africa has to do with equipment problems. This paper analyzes the present situation and suggests some strategies that can be adopted to improve it.

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