Network for Analytical and Bioassay Services in Africa (NABSA)
The network NABSA was founded in 1992. It provides free analytical chemical services, particularly in NMR and mass spectrometry. The network also hosts short-term research visits, organizes regional symposia for chemistry post graduate students, and offers CD-ROM literature services. In 1995/96 University of Botswana joined NABSA and availed its MS and NMR instruments, and since then most of the services have been rendered from there. The network is coordinated by Dr Gomotsang Bojase Moleta, at Department Chemistry, University of Botswana.
The network should rather be characterized as a Resource Center, since it provides services based on central resources, the availability of which is not restricted to a number of member countries but generally open to African scientists. The purpose of NABSA is to assist African scientists by giving them access to the analytical and laboratory facilities and equipment in the Department of Chemistry, University of Botswana, thus assisting scientists working in isolation and in various facility constrained institutions and less enabling environments in Africa.
Dr Gomotsang Bojase Moleta, University of Botswana