European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) Forum

October 12, 2009
Arusha, Tanzania

CONRAD was a sponsor of the Fifth EDCTP Forum held October 12-14, 2009 at the Ngurdoto Mountain Lodge in Arusha, Tanzania. The Forum featured political speakers from the Tanzanian government, the World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa (WHO-AFRO), the Africa Regional Economic Communities and their health arms as well as the U.S., European Member States and the European Commission.

The Forum days were packed with scientific presentations on the latest developments in HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria clinical trials as well as ethics and regulatory strengthening. Results of EDCTP-funded projects were highlighted, including projects that establish Networks of Excellence such as the Central African Network for TB, AIDS and Malaria (CANTAM), mapping of ethics and regulatory review capacity in Africa (conducted by the Council on Health Research for Development [COHRED]), and the recently launched WHO primary registry.  Delegates met with various global partners including Africa AIDS Vaccine Programme (AAVP), International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI), International Partnership for Microbicides (IPM), The Wellcome Trust, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Enhancing Support for Strengthening the Effectiveness of National Capacity Effort (ESSENCE), African Malaria Network Trust (AMANET), European Malaria Vaccine Initiative (EMVI), Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV) and Aeras Global TB Vaccine Foundation, among others.

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