The African office of the European and Developing Countries Clinical
Trials Partnership (EDCTP) opened for business on July 26 in Cape Town, a
milestone for a new initiative designed to bring together European and poor
nations to combat poverty-related diseases.
The EDCTP aims to boost Africa's medical research capacity, particularly
its ability to conduct clinical trials of potential therapeutic and preventive
interventions against HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis. The project, established
last year by 14 European Union member states and countries in sub-Saharan
Africa, will permit African and European researchers to test drugs, vaccines,
and microbicides that have been sidelined because of the lack of marketing
potential in poor countries.
Bosch X. Clinical Trials Partnership Seeks to Boost Research in Developing Countries. JAMA. 2004;292(11):1290. doi:10.1001/jama.292.11.1290