Nigerian Institute of Medical Research, NIMR, unveils an initiative tagged NIMR Foundation.
Uploaded by Yemisi Dada on October 14, 2021
In furtherance of its mission of providing enabling environment and facilities for health research in the country, the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research, NIMR, has unveiled an initiative tagged NIMR Foundation.
The Nigerian Institute of Medical Research Foundation (NIMR Foundation) is a private, not-for-profit organization established by NIMR and incorporated in February 2020, which will be funded through resources mobilised by the board of Trustees from mostly the private sector .
It is aimed at building and expanding capacity for translational research among early career investigators and to promote innovation, development and commercialization of home-grown medicines, vaccines and technologies to address the health needs of Nigeria in particular, and Africa at large.
The Minister of works and Housing and Chairman Board of Trustees of the Foundation, Mr. Babatunde Fashola who spoke virtually at a media executives meeting organised by NIMR at Radisson Blue Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos said the Foundation would enhance enabling environment for researchers to develop their research outputs into policy evidence and innovative products and technologies that would improve healthcare.
Mr. Fashola who announced a set target of ten billion naira for the foundation said all donations, endowments and income generated by NIMR Foundation would be held in a trust fund for the institute.
On his part, the Director General, NIMR, Professor Babatunde Salako explained that
Health care research has been a major challenge in Nigeria, particularly, funding, saying that with the Foundation, the institute will be driving partnerships with the private sector to translate findings of research into products and evidence for improving and strengthening the health systems.
Also, a veteran broadcaster and member of the Board of Trustees of the NIMR Foundation, Mrs Mojisola Makanjuola emphasised that the media has a huge role to play in ensuring that the health needs and interventions are meant on equal basis for all Nigerians.
The event had in attendance the Incorporated Trustees of NIMR Foundation, Mr Babatunde Fashola as Chairman, His Royal Highness Muhammad Sanusi II, member; Mrs. Moji Makanjuola, MFR, member; Professor Oye Gureje, member; and Professor Oni Idigbe, member, The Director General, Nigerian Institute of Medical Research, Professor Babatunde Salako and his management team as well as selected media executives.