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Networking the networks: Maximising impact by strengthening collaboration, capacity and quality of clinical research in sub-Saharan Africa

Start date: 20 April 2018, 14:00
End date: 20 April 2018, 15:30
Location: Convento de São Francisco, Coimbra, PortugalWS 17
Type of event: EDCTP meeting
Scope: research and research capacity development networks; alignment and integration of international funding efforts

In collaboration with the Portuguese public agency that supports science, technology and innovation, EDCTP organises a session on the urgent need to ensure greater coordination, mobility and linkage between the research, policy and development aid communities. The objectives of the session are to:

  1. Present existing networks in sub-Saharan Africa that promote capacity strengthening and quality clinical research in the field of infectious diseases;
  2. Discuss ways how greater coordination can be achieved between global health initiatives and funders supporting capacity strengthening and clinical research in low-and-middle-income countries;
  3. Provide recommendations on how existing networks can complement each other, including on potential opportunities/synergies for future collaboration.

 

When the complementarity of networks, of capacity strengthening and clinical research activities supported by different funders is taken into account, a concerted effort would make it possible to align, coordinate or integrate these activities and thus maximise their impact.

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Agenda

Co-Chairs
Dr. Leonardo Simão
, EDCTP High Representative for Africa
Prof. Paulo Ferrão
, President of the Board of Directors, FCT, Portugal

14:00-14:10 | Welcome
Leonardo Simão, EDCTP High Representative for Africa
Paulo Ferrão, President of the Board of Directors, FCT, Portugal

14:10-14:25
  | EDCTP Networks: Achievements and future direction
Eusébio Macete, Manhiça Health Research Centre, Manhiça Foundation, Mozambique

14:25-14:40
|Networking the Networks to strengthen research capacity
Mahnaz Vahedi, WHO-TDR, Switzerland

14:40-14:55
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Strengthening bioethics committees in the Lusophone African region
Maria Rosário Oliveira Martins, Institute of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (IHMT), University NOVA of Lisbon, Portugal

14:55-15:10 |

The importance of collaborative research in sexual and reproductive health
Marleen Temmerman, Aga Khan University, Kenya

15:10-15:30 |

Discussion & closing remarks
Leonardo Simão, EDCTP High Representative for Africa
Paulo Ferrão, President of the Board of Directors, FCT, Portugal