Coordinating for a broader approach
This EDCTP-TDR call for proposals is part of a much broader effort to address issues of health system preparedness that the EVD epidemic in three West African countries made evident.
At the World Health Summit meeting in Berlin, Germany in October, a panel assessed what types of efforts would ensure sustainable research capacity building beyond outbreaks and emergencies. The goal is increased health system preparedness and community engagement in research. The workshop included speakers from TDR, EDCTP, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Imperial College in London, the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, the Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa and the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID).
CIHR worked with TDR and EDCTP to develop this call, and launched their own in April 2015. Grantees were invited to submit proposals in the areas of: biology; treatment; transmission, spread and containment, and studies of the impacts on health system utilisation patterns by different populations groups in affected regions, including the cost-effectiveness of health system resource development strategies in response to the crisis, and the sustainability of health workforce and other health system resource allocation strategies once the crisis subsides. The funding decisions released last week can be found on the website of the CIHR.
To synergise research efforts and to find opportunities for future collaboration, representatives of the funded projects from the EDCTP-TDR and the CIHR calls will participate in a workshop to be held in Accra, Ghana, in February 2016.