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Friday, September 30 • 9:00am - 11:00am
(REF 30249) Funding research for impact: strengthening the role of science and evidence-based policymaking - Convened by the European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP)

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To achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Universal Health Coverage (UHC), and to make an impactful contribution to the discussion on the post-2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, health systems in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) need to support research and development (R&D).  Innovative models – particularly through global partnerships – are required to advance the development of evidence-informed interventions against poverty-related infectious disease (PRDs) and their interactions with other morbidities. Failure to translate research findings into policy and practice prevents research from achieving maximum public health benefit. Despite substantial investment by public and private partners in the development of new diagnostics, vaccines and drugs for PRDs, these interventions may not reach their target populations or be used to their full potential. This is particularly the case in sub-Saharan Africa, where health systems are generally weak and not adequately prepared for the delivery and uptake of new or improved products and interventions.  Therefore, concerted efforts by multiple stakeholders are needed to maximise the uptake of new or improved products and interventions to ensure that these innovations achieve their full potential in real-life clinical and community settings.

The European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) is investing in the translation of research findings into policy and practice to increase their public health impact in sub-Saharan Africa. As a partnership between 18 African and 14 European countries, EDCTP aims to accelerate the development of new or improved medical interventions for the identification, treatment and prevention of PRDs. Launched in 2003 and renewed in 2014 and 2021, EDCTP has been the focal point of European Union (EU) support for global health research in Africa and is a visible sign of commitment to the SDGs. By May 2022, the second EDCTP programme (EDCTP2; 2014-2024) portfolio comprised 435 grants awarded through 60 calls for proposals, representing a total investment of EUR 814 million. Clinical trials supported by EDCTP2 involve international collaborations spanning >60 countries and 350 institutions in Europe and sub-Saharan Africa, with broader global collaboration. Results from these clinical trials have generated pivotal evidence which has informed national and international policy and practice.

On 10 May 2022, the European Commission and the EDCTP Association launched the Global Health EDCTP3 Joint Undertaking Annual Work Programme 2022, highlighting the importance of ensuring R&I collaboration, cooperation and funding in the area of infectious diseases and the commitment of the partners.

As part of the 8th edition of the Science Summit around the 77th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA77), this session aims to illustrate the value of global partnerships using EDCTP as a case study on advancing the production and usage of reliable research evidence in addressing unmet medical needs, especially amongst vulnerable populations in Africa. The objectives of the session will be to:
• Promote awareness about EDCTP and its role and contribution to attaining the SDGs
• Showcase examples of how EDCTP and its partners have contributed towards the generation of reliable data that informs the formulation and adoption of international guidelines as well as locally generated evidence-based policies within the national health research systems in sub-Saharan Africa
• Demonstrate how highly collaborative international research infrastructures work as a driver for international cooperation and data-driven decision making and how the new GH EDCTP3 partnership can continue this effort
• Discuss what enabling research, policy, regulatory and financial environments are needed to facilitate high-quality clinical research in Africa addressing local priorities with global alignment and policy relevance.

  • Catherine Hankins, Professor and Interim Chair, Dept. of Global & Public Health, School of Population & Global Health, McGill University, Montreal; Chairperson of the EDCTP Scientific Advisory Committee
  • John Gyapong, University of Health and Allied Science in Ghana; Vice-chair of the EDCTP Scientific Advisory Committee
  • Elmar Nimmesgern, Interim Executive Director of the Global Health EDCTP3 Joint Undertaking and Policy Officer, DG RTD
  • Godfrey Biemba, Director and CEO, National Health Research Authority (NHRA), Zambia
  • Jimmy Volmink, Dean, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
  • Joe Jarvis, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), United Kingdom
  • Juliet Nabyonga-Orem, Team Leader Health Financing and Investment Program, WHO/AFRO
  • Kirsty Le Doare, St George’s Hospital Medical School, United Kingdom
  • Kwaku Poku Asante, Kintampo Health Research Centre, Ghana
  • Leonardo Simão, EDCTP High Representative for Africa
  • Marcel Tanner, EDCTP High Representative for Europe
  • Maria-Teresa Bejarano, Senior Research Advisor, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)
  • Michael Makanga, Executive Director; EDCTP, Netherlands
  • Mutsa Bwakura-Dangarembizi, University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences, Zimbabwe
  • Chimwemwe Chamdimba, Senior Policy Specialist, African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD)

More information at: http://www.edctp.org/event/edctp-side-event-at-unga77-science-summit/

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John Gyapong

Vice-Chair of EDCTP Scientific Advisory Committee, EDCTP
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Catherine Hankins

Chairperson of EDCTP Scientific Advisory Committee, EDCTP
Prof. Catherine Hankins MD PhD FRCPC is Professor and Interim Chair, Department of Global & Public Health, School of Public & Population Health, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University; Honorary Professor, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine; and Senior Fellow, Amsterdam Institute... Read More →

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Michael Makanga

Executive Director, EDCTP
Dr. Michael Makanga, MD PhD FRCP: EDCTP Executive Director.Dr. Makanga is a clinician-scientist with 27 years of professional experience of working on health and poverty-related infectious diseases in Africa. This includes 23 years of work experience on medical product development... Read More →
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Elmar Nimmesgern

interim Executive Director, Global Health EDCTP3 Joint Undertaking
Since December 2021 interim Executive Director Global Health EDCTP3 Joint Undertaking and since March 2021 Policy Officer Global Health EDCTP3 at the European Commission, Brussels.From September 2018 to March 2021 Secretariat Lead, Global AMR R&D Hub, Berlin.With the European Commission... Read More →
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Joseph Jarvis

Professor of Tropical Medicine, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
I am a Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and Research Associate at the Botswana Harvard AIDS Institute Partnership, based between Gaborone, Botswana, and London, UK. My main research interests are advanced HIV disease, opportunistic infections, in particular... Read More →
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Kirsty Le Doare

Professor of Vaccinology and Immunology, St. George's University of London
Prof Le Doare is UKRI Future Leaders Fellow and Professor of Vaccinology and Immunology working between MRC/UVRI@LSHTM, Uganda, Makerere University and St. George’s, University of London.Her research interests are age-related immune responses to infectious diseases, in particular... Read More →

Kwaku Poku Asante

Director, Kintampo Health Research Centre

Mutsa Bwakura-Dangarembizi

Associate Professor, University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences
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Juliet Nabyonga-Orem

Health systems expert, WHO
Juliet Nabyonga-Orem works for the WHO Regional Office for Africa; she is a health systems expert with experience spanning over 2 decades. She has been instrumental in the transformation of health systems in many African countries. She has published extensively in the area of health... Read More →
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Jimmy Volmink

Professor, Stellenbosch University
James (Jimmy) Volmink, is a Professor of Global Health and the immediate past Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Stellenbosch University.  He was the founding Director of Cochrane South Africa, South African Medical Research Council and the founding Director of... Read More →
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Godfrey Biemba

Director and CEO, National Health Research Authority (NHRA) Zambia
Prof Godfrey Biemba is Director and CEO for the National Health Research Authority in Zambia, Adjunct Research Assistant Professor at Boston University School of Public Health, Hon Associate Professor of Global Health at Lusaka Apex Medical University, Associate Professor of Public... Read More →
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Marcel Tanner

High Representative for Europe, EDCTP
Professor Marcel Tanner was Director of the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute from 1997 to 2015 and is now President of the Swiss Academy of Sciences. He holds a PhD in medical biology from the University of Basel and an MPH from the University of London. Lived and worked... Read More →
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Leonardo Santos Simão

High Representative for Africa, EDCTP
Dr Leonardo Santos Simão is a medical doctor by training. After his graduation from the Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique in 1980, he worked in rural areas of Mozambique as a medical officer at district and provincial levels. He holds a Master’s degree in Public Health (Community... Read More →

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Ana Lúcia Weinberg

Senior Strategic Partnerships Officer, European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP)
Ana Lúcia Weinberg is a Senior Strategic Partnerships Officer at the European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP). She has over 15 years of experience in partnership building, communications, advocacy and capacity building.

Friday September 30, 2022 9:00am - 11:00am EDT
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