23 September 2019
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Hi, my name is Sara de jesus Santos Baptista
NEF Ambassador – Cabo Verde
Sara Baptista has a degree in Nursing and has worked as a nurse for 14 years. Due to her interest in all health related issues, she pursued two master’s degrees, one in Public Health and another in HIV/AIDS infection. Considering Sara’s new challenges, academic and intellectual growth and interests on getting the best scientific knowledge towards public health, she decided to take a PhD in Life Sciences, in particular in Parasitology field specifically in the Graduate Program Science for Development (PGCD). Currently, she works with Instituto de Medicina Molecular- João Lobo Antunes, Lisbon, Portugal at Dr. Maria Mota Lab, which is interested in studying the Biology and Physiology of Malaria. Mostly, she is working on understanding how the main liver stage protein of the plasmodium parasite, the circumsporozoite protein is processed by the host hepatocyte. As well, Sara de Jesus has developed a campaign towards the engagement of the native and immigrant African community, living in Portugal and worldwide, to register as a bone marrow donor among other health campaigns including awareness in the Lisbon African Communities, as well actively contribute some compatible bone marrow donations.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SCIENCE IN Cabo Verde
When it comes to the educational system, Cabo Verde has the determination and political will to advance with the global agenda, assuming one of the leading position in the overall African context, with a 76% coverage of gross enrollment ration in pre-primary education, the proportion of pupils starting grade 1 who reach grade 5 of 91% and only 2% of out-school children of primary school age. Reflecting the investments made, Cabo Verde presents high literacy rates among 15-24 years old your (about 98%), while gender gap continues to reduce, with the numbers of young girls at the university level, higher than young boys. But, despite these efforts, much remains to be done. It is necessary to address the fundamental challenges for the development of an economy also based on Science boost, where the contribution of the field to the country’s GDP is still negligible. Moreover, as similar to other African countries, science researchers’ continue to depend on funding from non-African organizations, generating less than 1% of the world’s research. However, Cabo-Verdean educational stability indicates a potential advantage for the implementation and development of Science in the country following the wave of the current Africa’s strongest on growing scientific production.