EUROPEAN & DEVELOPING COUNTRIES CLINICAL TRIALS PARTNERSHIP
The European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) was created in 2003 as an European response to the global health crisis caused by the three main poverty-related diseases of HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis. These diseases account for over 6 million deaths each year, and the numbers are growing. Sub-Saharan Africa is the world´s worst-affected region where besides ravaging lives, they impede development and cause poverty.
The mission of the EDCTP is to accelerate the development of new clinical interventions to fight HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis in developing countries (DCs), particularly sub-Saharan Africa, and to improve generally the quality of research in relation to these diseases.
The activities of the EDCTP include:
- stepping up cooperation and networking of European National Programmes accelerating clinical trials of new and improved existing products, in particular drugs and vaccines in DCs;
- ensuring that research effectively addresses the needs and priorities of DCs;
- helping to develop and strengthen capacities in the DCs, including the promotion of technology transfer;
- encouraging the participation o the private sector;
- mobilising additional funds to fight these diseases.
For further information, please consult the website: www.edctp.org