Zoe Zeliku first went to Ethiopia in 2010, as a GSK volunteer working at the Centre for National Health Development in Addis Ababa. Now she is returning, to share her expertise and enthusiasm for analytical chemistry.
Now a manager at GSK, she is going to Ethiopia to help deliver the latest in a series of workshops in the practical application of Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS), being run under a new five-year partnership between GSK and the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Pan Africa Chemistry Network (PACN).
The training programme began in Kenya, but thanks to the partnership it is now being rolled out across Ghana, Ethiopia and Nigeria. This week’s workshop is taking place at Addis Ababa University from 3–7 October – the first time this training is being run in Ethiopia.
"I’ve always enjoyed training people, and my background is analytical chemistry”, says Zoe. "This training is crucial in Ethiopia and other African countries, because analytical chemistry is quite specialised and quite practical, and it’s different sitting and reading a textbook, and having lectures, to actually getting involved and handling the instrument."
"The economy is growing and there’s more manufacturing, so it’s important that the scientists in the country themselves have the expertise. Not only will the training help with their research, but if they’re going to start manufacturing their own medicine then it will be beneficial to have analytically trained scientists to back up the quality control process."