23 July 2018
On 16-18 July 2018, Afrique One-ASPIRE supported the 1st workshop of the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trial Partnership (EDCTP) in a francophone African Country. The workshop was held in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. According to the organizers, the workshop took place in a francophone African Country cause of the remarkable gap between anglophone and francophone in getting of EDCTP grant. Francophones are significantly behind the anglophones.
Through a call for participation, 50 researchers were selected among 300 applications received. They came from 10 francophones African countries. They attended the workshop under the mentorship of senior researchers including Prof Bassirou Bonfoh and Dr Karim Ouattara from Afrique One-ASPIRE. The capacities of the trainees were strengthened in EDCTP grant writing and application process, excellence and ethics.
Afrique One-ASPIRE and the language balance
From 2009 to 2015, Afrique One (Afrique One-ASPIRE since 2016) strengthened research and training by linking fellows and research institution from anglophone and francophone African countries. The programme is a good example in terms of language balance in the research landscape in Africa. 47% of the Afrique One-ASPIRE fellows are francophones.
EDCTP is a public-public partnership funding collaborative clinical research on medicinal products to fight poverty-related infectious diseases (PRDs) affecting sub-Saharan Africa.