Recommendations from the EDCTP/ECRIN session on clinical trial infrastructure and capacity building in Africa
The European Clinical Infrastructure Networks (ECRIN) and EDCTP hosted a session on clinical trial infrastructure and capacity building in Africa at the Africa-Europe Science and Innovation Summit on 17 June 2021. This session brought together key global health actors to collectively discuss lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic, and the next steps towards the comprehensive mobilisation of all stakeholders for building sustainable clinical research preparedness and response capacities. It led to the development of 11 concrete recommendations. These recommendations have been integrated in the consultation of the Advisory Group on Research and Innovation for Africa-Europe Cooperation, who will assist the European Commission with advice on how best to boost cooperation between the two continents through research and innovation.
The Africa-Europe Science and Innovation Summit was held virtually from 14-18 June 2021. Within the context of this Summit, EDCTP and ECRIN presented a dedicated session entitled ‘The importance of capacity building and development of a clinical research infrastructure in Africa’.
The recommendations will be further discussed at the EDCTP virtual side event ‘EDCTP: an EU-Africa partnership advancing global health research and cooperation’ which will take place on 22 September 2021 as part of the second edition of the UNGA76 Science Summit around the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (SSUNGA76).