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Medical News & Perspectives
September 15, 2004

Clinical Trials Partnership Seeks to Boost Research in Developing Countries

JAMA. 2004;292(11):1290. doi:10.1001/jama.292.11.1290

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.