Sub-Saharan Africa is still challenged by the heavy death toll caused by poverty related diseases (PRDs) such as HIV, Tuberculosis, Malaria and other Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs).

To contribute to the improvement of the health system in this region of Africa, the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) supports four regional networks of excellence (WANETAM, CANTAM, EACCR and TESA), with the objective to build essential capacities to conduct clinical trials aligned to international standards. 

The WANETAM network is being implemented in 13 West African institutions in nine countries with partnerships from four northern partners. A key feature of the WANETAM project is that the stronger research institutions in the Network provide support and practical skill-based training to the weaker research institutions covering researcher development, scientific support as well as platform and infrastructure support. Currently, a significant part of the network activities are being led by the MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM. The malaria work package is led by Professor Umberto D’Alessandro with objectives to build capacities in the following areas,

Malaria transmission

the evaluation of new community-based interventions aiming at interrupting malaria transmission in West Africa.

Insecticide resistance.

the evaluation of the efficacy of new insecticides and the monitoring of insecticide resistance.

Safety and efficacy

to determine safety and efficacy of new treatments and vaccines.


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