BMBF African research funding initiative launched

17 Feb 2017

INDEPTH Network was represented at the launch of research networks for health innovations in Sub-Saharan Africa. The meeting was held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, from 14-15 February 2017 and attended by over 150 delegates.

In 2014, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) started a new funding initiative for the establishment and expansion of these kind of research networks, which combines support for excellent research with capacity strengthening activities aimed at sustainably advance the health research landscape in African partner countries.

Speaking during the launch ceremony, BMBF head of the directorate of international cooperation in education and research Frithjof Maennel said five research networks with four to seven African and two German partners each have been selected for funding. All networks, whose research objectives focus on regional needs are coordinated by African scientists.

Speaking on behalf of the Tanzanian government, the Director of the National Institute of Medical Research Prof Yunus Mgaya thanked the German government for choosing Tanzania as venue for the  meeting that gathered over 150 delegates from across Africa.

He stressed on the importance of data and information in decision making and development planning at local, national and international levels.

The majority of the projects are dedicated to research on poverty-related infectious diseases such as tuberculosis and parasitic worm diseases. One project focuses on the research and implementation of evidence-based healthcare. Moreover, all projects aim to strengthen clinical and laboratory capacities in the African partner countries.

The research networks that are beneficiaries in this round of funding are CEBHA+ (Collaboration for Evidence-Based Healthcare and Public Health in Africa), TAKeOFF (tackling the Obstacles to Fight Filariasis), TB SEQUEL (Co-morbidities, risk factors and long-term sequel defining the individual outcome and public health impact of TB disease), CYSTINET-Africa (Cysticercosis Network of Sub-Saharan Africa) and ANDEMA (African Network for Improved Diagnostics, Epidemiology and Management of Common Infectious Agents).

INDEPTH Network was invited to the meeting and was represented by manager for Policy Engagement and Communications David Mbulumi.