INTEGRATION – Project Kick-off Meeting

The INTEGRATION consortium held its kick-off meeting on 22nd and 23rd November 2021 both in person at Hôtel l’Amitié, Bamako, Mali, and virtually. The main purpose of the meeting was to offer the opportunity to exchange knowledge and practices between the INTEGRATION researchers, stakeholders and policymakers, as well as to have a common understanding of the study and any key questions during the study implementation in the routine health systems in Burkina Faso and Mali.

Tenth EDCTP Forum October 2021: Equity in Research for Health

The Tenth biennal EDCTP Forum took place virtually, because of COVID-19 pandemic, from 17th to 21st  October 2021, hosted by the National Institute of Health (INS), Mozambique and the Health Research Centre of Manhiça (CISM). The Opening and Closing sessions were held in person at the Joaquim Chissano International Conference Centre (JICC) in Maputo (Mozambique).

The topic of Forum “Equity in Research for Health” gave the excellent opportunity of networking between over six hundred most exponent from different regions and research fields.

R-evoWW had the opportunity to participate to the Tenth EDCTP Forum presenting, during the Poster Session, the INTEGRATION Project.

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African-European Symposium: Challenges in Research Ethics Assessment, 13:00 – 18:00 CET, May 25th, 2021.

The symposium,  organised by The Embassy of Good Science, in collaboration with EURECBERC-LusoAfriEthique, and LiberHetica, aims to facilitate the sharing of experiences and perspectives on research ethics assessment challenges between African and European experts. The symposium is organized into four sessions in which experts will present on challenges and solutions related to the theme of their session. A panel discussion will follow the speaker presentations

The symposium will be live streamed here (no registration required):

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Biomedical Ethics and Regulatory Capacity Building: International Dialogues

The LiberHetica and BERC-Luso consortia will meet on the 26th March 2021 to discuss about Biomedical Ethics and Regulatory Capacity Building in Sub-Saharan African countries.

The LiberHetica and BERC-Luso are two projects funded by the European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) aimed at strenghting ethics and regulatory capacities for clinical trials by partnerships between African and European countries, and involving 5 Sub-Saharan African countries (Liberia, Angola, Guinea Bissau, Mozambique and Cape-Verde) and 2 European countries (U.K. and Portugal).

The Congolese National Medicines Regulatory Authority (DPM) with WHO to guarantee the development and circulation of safe and effective drugs, by implementing the Global Benchmarking Tool (GBT)

As part of the strengthening of health systems and in particular the regulation of drugs and health products within the Africlinique project, the headquarters of the World Health Organization (WHO), the WHO Regional Office for Africa (AFRO), and the WHO Country Office (PO) in the Republic of Congo provided technical assistance to support the Directorate of Pharmacy and Medicine (DPM) of Congo from February 15 to 19 2021 in Brazzaville (Republic of Congo).

The Global Benchmarking Tool (GBT) integrates the Maturity Level (ML) of the various drug regulatory functions in a computerized platform that facilitates its use and the ranking of maturity indicators. This self-assessment has enabled several countries in the sub-region to identify their ML as well as to put in place institutional development plans (IDPs) in order to access a ML which guarantees safety,  quality and effectiveness of drugs in development and in circulation.

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SEARCH project kick-off meeting

After months of intense preparation, the SEARCH (SouthErn Africa Regulatory for Clinical researcH) will have its project kick-off meeting. The Partners from all countries of SEARCH Consortium (Mozambique, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho and UK), together with the invited relevant stakeholders, will meet on February 18, 2021. Click here for more information:
This EDCTP-funded project is aimed at increasing the regulatory capacities for review of clinical trials in Southern Africa by establishing European-African collaborations that facilitates implementation of efficient processes, harmonized procedures, standardized guidelines and effective training programs.

Neglected Tropical Diseases affect 1 in 5 people in the world

Neglected Tropical Diseases affect 1 in 5 people worldwide.
Affecting over 1.7 billion people, the Neglected Tropical Diseases impair physical and cognitive development, contribute to mother and child illness and death, make it difficult to farm or earn a living, and limit productivity in the workplace. As a result, Neglected Tropical Diseases trap the poor in a vicious cycle of poverty and disease.
R-Evolution Worldwide proudly collaborates with international stakeholders to end the Neglected Tropical Diseases and break this vicious cycle of poverty.

Second European-African training for the Congolese team on “SARS-CoV-2 detection by ApoH enzyme”

As part of the implementation of ITAIL-COVID-19 project funded by the European Development Countries Partnership for Clinical Trials (EDCTP) and coordinated by the Congolese Foundation for Medical Research (FCRM), the Congolose team of this project participated on January 14, 2021 in the second online practical training on “SARS-CoV-2 detection by the ApoH“. Supervised by the French Research Institute for Development (IRD), this second practical training allowed participants to become familiar with this ultrasensitive virus detection technique. The training on this new technology was carried out by Dr. Carolyn Thibal (ApoH-Technologies) and Professor Francisco Veas, from IRD Montpellier – France. This technique will detect newly infected people with very low viral load, not possible to be detected with conventional methods, including classic RT-PCR. This ApoH detection will be very helpful for monitoring health workers who are at the forefront of the fight against the pandemic. The first training was held on September 2020.


The “Soap bubbles against Coronavirus” initiative reached the “Love Uganda Foundation” home for orphans and street children, in Kalagi, Mukono district – Kampala (Uganda)

An estimated 1.8 million children under the age of 5 die each year from diarrheal diseases and pneumonia, the two leading causes of death of young children worldwide. Washing hands with soap can protect about 1 child in 3 suffering from diarrhea and nearly 1 in 5 children with respiratory infections such as pneumonia.
Based on this, the “Soap bubbles against Coronavirus” initiative reached the “Love Uganda Foundation” home for orphans and street children, in Kalagi, Mukono district – Kampala (Uganda).
The Love Uganda Foundation was established in 2012 to protect children orphaned or abandoned because of AIDS and poverty, and reintroduce them in their family or social contexts. The founder was Emmanuel Kitumba McMillan, himself grew between misery and difficulties.
The team of young Ugandan women and men of R-Evolution for the Children and Vulnerable was very warmly welcomed by the children and young people hosted here, thus giving the opportunity to share with them how to wash their hands in a practical and effective way according to the guidelines from the Ministry of Health and WHO, in order to reduce the spread of many preventable infectious diseases with proper hygiene, including, but not limited to, the coronavirus.
The team has distributed everything needed to wash and sanitize hands properly, including what may seem the most obvious but are often the least available. He was also able to distribute food, clothes and much more thanks to all who offered donations of all kinds
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