Many university teaching labs are empty as students have been moved off campus during the pandemic. There are other ways to put theory into practice, at home and online.
To truly understand their discipline, students need to interact with laboratory equipment. They must both fail and succeed at running experiments.
Considerable effort has gone into improving laboratory services in many African countries. But the quality of tests is questionable.
A new centre in South Africa will work to significantly reduce emerging HIV and TB co-infections.
In many parts of the continent medical laboratories lack resources and expertise and can't keep up with diagnostic demands, so proper diagnosis and treatment of health conditions is delayed.