The objectives of the stakeholder meeting on malaria were to:
Review the current status and barriers to progress in the field of malaria research
Identify the key research areas where EDCTP support can have maximum impact
Highlight opportunities for European and African collaboration (North-North and North-South) that EDCTP can facilitate
Identify possibilities for partnership with likeminded organisations.
Participants at the meeting included researchers from academia, representatives of product development partnerships (PDPs) and pharmaceutical industry, policy makers, funding agencies and other like-minded organisations.
Amongst the topics to be discussed are:
Baseline epidemiology studies required to support evaluation of interventions
Diagnostics to support evaluation of strategies for malaria control
Evaluation of new and improved products in the context of combined interventions for enhanced malaria control
Evaluation of transmission blocking agents (vaccines and drugs) in line with the global malaria elimination and eradication agenda
Post-registration programmes including effectiveness studies and pharmacovigilance requirements in sub-Saharan Africa
Capacity building and trial site requirements for conducting clinical trials on malaria