The need for clinical trials
Clinical trials play a critical role in product development for use in the fight against disease. The international Clinical Trials awareness day serves to celebrate the life-saving achievements of clinical research, discuss the best way to conduct trials, and extend our thanks to the participating volunteers. EDCTP funds clinical research conducted in sub-Saharan Africa in order to help address its greatest unmet needs regarding infectious diseases related to poverty.
Under its first programme EDCTP (2003-2014) funded 102 clinical trials across its scope to a total amount of €176.27 million. These clinical studies were on drugs, vaccines, microbicides and diagnostics regarding HIV, tuberculosis and malaria.
The second EDCTP (2014-2024) programme has a broader scope. It encompasses in addition to HIV, tuberculosis and malaria, the neglected infectious diseases, lower respiratory tract infections, diarrhoeal diseases, as well as emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases relevant for sub-Saharan Africa. The calls for proposals from the first years (2014-2016) resulted thus far in 13 grants for large clinical research studies (Research and Innovation Actions) with a total value of €75.11 million.