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Set up a Biology lab in Cameroon: 
Needs, Challenges and Strategies for sustainability

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The Mboalab experience, presented during the MIT Biosummit 2018.

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Set up a Biology lab in Cameroon: 
Needs, Challenges and Strategies for sustainability

  1. 1. Set up a Biology lab in Cameroon: Needs, Challenges and Strategies for sustainability MIT Biosummit 2018 Thomas Hervé Mboa Nkoudou www.mboalab.africa
  2. 2. The Initial support • Local advantages • Local community • My Own space • International network • Advices • Overseas Lab and events • Fundings
  3. 3. Local Advantages Mboalab has its own space Embedded in school (I am the owner) Mboalab has some links with The Higher Institute of medical Technologies
  4. 4. International Network • Overseas Lab • Hackteria • SoundBio Lab • Hackuarium • Biolabs Waag • Reagent_Ecoli • Biologik • Biomakers Lab • Public Lab • Pavillon 35 • Community Lab • Counter Culture • Biocurious • Boslab • ….
  5. 5. Mboalab Grant
  6. 6. Challenges • Be locally useful • Access to equipment to foster DIYBio • Training users to DIY and Making practices • Access to chemical reagents • Find volunteers • Find the best business model
  7. 7. • Bacteria Dyes with Roland, Winnie, Arthur in Amsterdam • The idea was to reproduce the same protocol with rural women in Cameroon.
  8. 8. Strategies • Be locally useful: • Align our activities with the needs of local populations • Access to equipment to foster DIYBio: - National networking - Be resourceful • Training users to DIY and Making practices: - Classes • access to chemical reagents • Find volunteers • Find the best business model

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