Project: Eastern Africa Consortium for Clinical Research 2

Acronym EACCR -2 (Reference Number: EDCTP-RegNet2015-1104)
Duration 01/09/2017 - 31/08/2020
Project Topic Sub-Saharan Africa still experiences the highest burden of poverty related, neglected infectious and emerging and re-emerging diseases. If we are to control and eventually eliminate these diseases, there is a need for African scientists to participate fully in research to understand the burden, risk factors and research and development of diagnostics, drugs and vaccines. In response to the EDCTP call on Networks of Excellence, African Institutions and their Northern partners came together to form the East African Consortium for Clinical Research-2 (EACCR-2), with the following objectives:- To strengthen the collaboration and optimize the use of shared research infrastructures, other capacity-building resources and opportunities through 5 work packages [1] consensus management; [2] multi-centre clinicoepidemiological studies; [3] joint training/mentoring program; [4] shared infrastructure upgrades and utilization and [5] enhanced communication and advocacy.- To establish a new node, NID, to manage and strengthen the needed facilities to conduct clinical trials on neglected, emerging and re-emerging disease that burden the region.- To boost and deliver an Eastern Africa training and mentorship program promoting an increase and retention of independent African researchers,research leaders and managers to conduct internationally competitive clinical trials.- To strengthen and strategically expand South-South and North-South collaborations between researchers and institutions with a specific focus on supporting less established Eastern Africa institutions in building capacity for conducting high quality clinical research. This will be achieved through all the 5 work packages.- To promote networking, and dialogue between researchers, communities and policy makers to maximize the use of health research evidence for shared knowledge management, policy change and improved health programming in Eastern Africa.In this project we propose to strengthen further, earlier EDCTP investments in order to implement a sustainable platform for innovation to promote regional and North-South collaborations on new and improved interventions to prevent and control these diseases. We have brought together 23 African Institutions from 6 countries and 8 Northern partners from 5 countries to implement these activities. We propose to contribute to human capacity development through both short and long term courses, to conduct clinical, epidemiological and surveillance studies including geographical information system mapping, participate in clinical trials to evaluate new diagnostics, drugs and vaccines. Institutions will be supported to upgrade their infrastructure in order to participate in the planned studies and ensure that the results generated are translated where applicable into policy and practice.Please visit for further information.
Network EDCTP2
Call Coordination and Support Action: EDCTP Regional Networks

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 Uganda National Health Research Organisation Coordinator Uganda
2 Addis Ababa University Partner Ethiopia
3 Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois Partner Switzerland
4 Karolinska Institutet Partner Sweden
5 Kenya Medical Research Institute Partner Kenya
6 National Institute for Medical Research - Tanzania Partner Tanzania
7 Prins Leopold Instituut voor Tropische Geneeskunde Partner Belgium
8 Stichting Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development Partner Netherlands
9 Stichting Katholieke Universiteit- Radboudumc Partner Netherlands
10 The Chancellor, the Masters and the Scholars of the University of Oxford Partner United Kingdom
11 The Good Samaritan Foundation, Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre Partner Tanzania
12 University College London Partner United Kingdom
13 University of Khartoum Partner South Sudan
14 University of Rwanda Partner Rwanda