2011 in a nutshell

The year 2011 ushered the consolidation phase of the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) programme. This was exemplified by the breadth and variety of the programme for the Sixth EDCTP Forum; the publication of the results of some of the main clinical trials; the volunteers/patients enrolment milestones in on going studies; remarkable research and ethics capacity developed in Africa; as well as the extensive interactions with policy makers in Africa and Europe. Moreover, these results stimulated a new commitment of the participating European countries to a second EDCTP programme for which a strategic business plan was completed.

Towards a second EDCTP programme

Following the positive evaluation of the EDCTP programme, which included a public consultation, EDCTP-EEIG Member States (MS) and the European Commission (EC) unanimously agreed to continue with the Partnership. At the MS Consensus Meeting that was held on 27-28 September 2010 in Brussels, the participating MS, Latvia (observer Member State), Poland, African representatives and the EC agreed to continue with a second EDCTP programme.

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Sixth EDCTP Forum

The Sixth European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials (EDCTP) Forum was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 9-12 October 2011. The theme of the forum was ‘Strengthening Research Partnerships for Better Health and Sustainable Development’. The event was attended by 535 participants from 32 African countries and 22 other nations worldwide.

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EDCTP Outstanding African Scientist Awards

At the final plenary session of the Sixth EDCTP Forum the two EDCTP Awards to outstanding senior and junior African scientists working on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria were presented. The winner of the Senior Scientist Award was Professor Salim Abdool Karim. EDCTP’s Junior Scientist Award went to Hannock Tweya.

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