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EU and Africa doubled investment in research to address AIDS, Ebola and other infectious diseases

The European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) has decided today to double the research to develop new and better drugs against diseases linked to poverty in Sub Saharan Africa, such as AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, hookworm and Ebola.

This important news was confirmed today in Cape Town, in the aftermath of World Day of the fight against AIDS.

Based on the success of the first program, the second Europe-Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP2) can count on a budget of EUR 2 billion for the next ten years, to fight infectious diseases in countries developing.

The European Union will contribute € 683 million to be disbursed by the Horizon 2020 program, the program of EU research and innovation, and the remaining EUR 1.5 billion will be allocated by the European countries. The EDCTP2 inaugurates a new era of research cooperation between Europe and Africa, where both continents will work together as equal partners.

Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science said: “Infectious diseases such as AIDS, Ebola or malaria, are a major threat to the global level, but severely affect especially the poorest regions. The last outbreak of the virus Ebola causes us to reflect on how much more investment is needed in research to create new medicines and vaccines to help us save millions of lives. Today, Europe and Africa have intensified their efforts to fight together against the spread of infectious diseases. “

With the allocation of 700 million euro from Horizon 2020, the European Union will provide a boost to research to prevent new outbreaks in the future.

The association EDCTP now includes 13 European countries (Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, Netherlands, Portugal and Spain) and 11 African countries (Cameroon, Republic of Congo, Gambia , Ghana, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia). Moreover Mali, Burkina Faso, Sweden and Switzerland are about to join.

The main features are dell’EDCTP2:

– A higher budget (increased from 1 billion to 2 billion € dell’EDCTP1 € for EDCTP2, the EU aid rose from 200 million to € 683 million €)

– Expansion of the fields of application: no longer just HIV / AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis but also new emerging epidemics in Africa, such as Ebola and other parasitic diseases

– More investment from external agencies, public and private


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