Networks of Excellence

Sub-Saharan Africa is faced with the challenges in adequate research infrastructure and a lack of critical mass of researchers. Many researchers work in isolation; sharing of facilities and expertise is uncommon. There is need to strengthen South-South collaboration, and to map and synergise research efforts.

In addition to funding individual research projects on HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria, EDCTP supports networks of research centres that are involved in clinical trials. These Networks of Excellence (NoEs) facilitate regional collaboration by uniting diverse institutions that bring their individual strengths (e.g. GCP, GCLP, data management and laboratory techniques) to the network. By collaborating they learn and develop, and thereby raise the quality of clinical research and practice in sub-Saharan Africa.

Collaboration and political support
To ensure sustainability and avoid duplication, the Networks strive to collaborate with similar initiatives at the country and regional level. In addition, the Networks actively seek political goodwill and financial support from African national governments and regional economic committees.

All four regions of sub-Saharan Africa have their own Network of Excellence:

Western Africa: WANETAM

Website: www.wanetam.org

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 and is coordinated by Professor Souleymane Mboup.

Partnering institutions:

  • Laboratoire de Bactériologie-Virologie du Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Aristide Le Dantec, Senegal
  • Innovative Biotech, Nigeria
  • Medical Research Council Laboratories, Bacterial Diseases Programme, The Gambia
  • National Health Laboratory Service, Royal Victoria Teaching Hospital, The Gambia
  • Centre Muraz, Burkina Faso
  • Korle-bu Teaching Hospital/ University of Ghana Medical School, College of Health, Ghana
  • Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, USA
  • National Public Health Reference Laboratory, Ghana
  • Bandim Health Project, Guinea-Bissau
  • College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria
  • Nigerian Institute of Medical Research, Nigeria
  • Centre National de Recherche et de Formation sur le Paludisme, Burkina Faso
  • Malaria Research and Training Center (MRTC)/Department of Epidemiology of Parasitic Diseases (DEAP)/Faculty of Medicine, Pharmacy and Dentistry (FMPOS), the University of Bamako, Mali
  • Pasteur Institute, Senegal.

Eastern Africa: EACCR

Website: www.eaccr.org

The East Africa Consortium for Clinical Research (EACCR) strengthens clinical trial sites in Eastern Africa. The Network started 14 May 2009 and is coordinated by Dr Pontiano Kaleebu.

Partnering institutions:

  • Armauer Hansen Research Institute (AHRI), Ethiopia
  • Centre for International Health, University of Bergen, Norway
  • Department of Infectious Diseases & Tropical Medicine, University Of Munich, Germany
  • Ifakara Health Research and Development Centre, Tanzania
  • Infectious and Tropical Diseases, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom
  • Institute of Clinical Research and Education at Södersjukhuset, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden
  • Institute Of Endemic Diseases (IEND), Sudan
  • KEMRI/CDC Field Research Station, Kenya
  • Kenya Medical Research Institute, Kenya
  • Kilimanjaro Clinical Research Centre (KCRC), Tanzania
  • KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation, Netherlands
  • Makerere University and Kings College, Uganda
  • Masaka Regional Hospital, Uganda Ministry of Health, Uganda
  • Maseno University, Kenya
  • Mbeya Medical Research Programme , Tanzania
  • Medical Research Council (MRC) /UVRI Uganda Research Unit on AIDS, Uganda
  • Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, Tanzania
  • National Institute for Medical Research, Tanzania (NIMR), Tanzania
  • Nsambya Hospital, Kampala, Uganda
  • PRIOR & APRIORI Networks KCMC / RMCN, Netherlands
  • Sahlgrenska Academy at Göteborg University, Sweden
  • Tabora Medical Center, Tanzania
  • Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI), Uganda
  • University of Nairobi, Kenya Aids Vaccine Initiative (KAVI), Kenya.

Central Africa: CANTAM

Website: www.cantam.org

In Central Africa, the Central African Network on TB, HIV/AIDS and malaria (CANTAM) joins institutions involved in clinical trials. The Network started its activities on 19 December 2008 and is coordinated by Dr Francine Ntoumi.

Partnering institutions:

  • Agence Nationale de la Recherche sur le SIDA (ANRS), Cameroon
  • Centre d’Etudes des Ressources Vegetales – Groupe de Recherches Biomedicales (CERVE/GRBM), Congo
  • Centre International de Reference Chantal Biya (CIRCB), Cameroon
  • Institut de Recherche de Younde (IRY) – OCEAC, Cameroon
  • Makelekele Hospital, Congo
  • Marien Nguabi University, Congo
  • Medical Reserach Unit of Albert Schweitzer (ASH/MRU), Gabon
  • Organisation de Coordination pour la lute Contre les Endemies en Afrique Centrale (OCEAC), Cameroon
  • University of Beua, Cameroon
  • University of Tubingen, Germany
  • University of Younde 1- The Biotechnology Centre, Cameroon.

Southern Africa: TESA

Website: www.tesafrica.org

The Trials of Excellence for Southern Africa (TESA) Network focuses on the Southern African region. It started on 23 November 2009 and is coordinated by Prof. Gerhard Walzl.

Partnering institutions:

  • Biomedical Research Training Institute,    Zimbabwe
  • Botswana- Harvard AIDS Institute Partnership for Research and Education, Botswana
  • Centro de Investigação em Saúde da Manhiça (CISM), Mozambique
  • College of Medicine Research Support Centre, Malawi
  • Department of Microbiology, Tumour and Cell Biology, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden
  • Direcção de Saude da Cidade de Maputo, Mozambique
  • International Union against TB and Lung Disease, France
  • Leiden University Medical Centre, Netherlands
  • Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology, Germany
  • Medical Research Council, Durban, South Africa
  • St. George’s London University, United Kingdom
  • University College of London Medical School, United Kingdom
  • University of Cape Town, South Africa
  • University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
  • University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences, Zimbabwe
  • University Teaching Hospital, Zambia.