What is the EDCTP?
The European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) exists to accelerate the clinical development of new or improved health technologies for the identification, treatment and prevention of poverty-related and neglected infectious diseases, including (re-)emerging diseases.
In addition, the EDCTP funds activities for research capacity building in Africa, supporting researchers’ careers and strengthening national health research systems.
Why is the partnership needed?
Poverty-related diseases such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis (TB), malaria, and neglected tropical diseases (PRNDs) continue to pose a heavy burden on sub-Saharan Africa, and remain a major cause of death, disease and disability worldwide.
Furthermore, the COVID-19 pandemic has revealed that, with the increased connectivity of different regions in the world, infectious diseases can rapidly spread. Developing health technologies is therefore crucial to limit the spread of such diseases, as well as to fight them once they have spread to protect the health of all citizens.