EDCTP supports networks of research centres that are involved in clinical trials in sub-Saharan Africa. These Networks of Excellence (NoEs) facilitate research collaboration by uniting diverse institutions in the four regions of sub-Saharan Africa.
Each institution contributes its individual strengths in areas such as good clinical practice, good clinical laboratory practice, data management, laboratory techniques and epidemiology, to the network in the context of on going clinical research work. By collaborating they learn and develop, and thereby raise the quality of clinical research and practice in sub-Saharan Africa.
The networks strive to collaborate with similar initiatives at country and regional level, in order ensure sustainability and avoid duplication. In addition, the networks should actively seek political and financial support from African national governments and regional economic committees.
To date, EDCTP funded the establishment of four regional Networks of Excellence:
Western Africa: WANETAM
The West Africa NoE for TB, AIDS and Malaria (WANETAM) builds capacity to prepare West African sites for clinical trials on HIV, TB and malaria. The network started its activities on 31 July 2009.