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Zambia to Host Next EDCTP Forum
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Zambia to Host Next EDCTP Forum

The eighth forum of the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) will take place next year from 7-9 November, in Lusaka, Zambia. The EDCTP’s website announced that the forum will have the theme ‘Defeating poverty-related and neglected diseases in Africa: harnessing research for evidence informed policies.’ “[The] conference brings together speakers and delegates from research institutions and universities especially in Africa and Europe; global consortia, public-private partnerships and product development partnerships; other public and private organisations working on poverty-related and neglected infectious diseases; as well as from governments, regional bodies and industry,” says the announcement. Further updates will be published on the event’s website to be launched in December 2015. [Image credit: EDCTP]

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Africa and EU Business Reps to Meet at Expo Milano
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Africa and EU Business Reps to Meet at Expo Milano

African and European business representatives will gather for a Business-to-Business meeting at Expo Milano 2015. Their goal? To share learning and experience from business relations between the two regions. “Agro-food manufacturing, food security, safety and quality control, food traceability, food conservation and shelf life, health biotechnology, water technologies, space applications for agriculture, environmental management, energy production, renewable energies and other topics relevant to the thematic focus of the brokerage event,” are all topics identified for discussion according to a announcement. [Image credit: Flickr, Calsidyrose]

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West Africa Group Goes to Expo Milano 2015
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West Africa Group Goes to Expo Milano 2015

The Sahel and West Africa Club (SWAC), an international policy forum, will participate at this year’s Expo Milano world fair ("Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life"). "More than twenty million visitors are expected at this global event," writes SWAC Secretariat director Laurent Bossard in a blog post describing the group’s participation. "This is a great means of reaffirming the universal character of food issues, and to remind everyone that hundreds of millions of people, particularly in the Sahel and West Africa, still suffer from chronic hunger, despite the aforementioned progress." Says Bossard: "Beyond the Expo, we hope to strengthen a global engagement for better food security and resilience, widen our partnerships and collaborations to achieve this goal in West Africa, and reach a large number of people around the world who are less familiar with the challenges of this African region." The Sahel and West Africa Week at Expo Milano 2015 will include agenda-setting consultations, networking sessions, and showcase food security success stories from West Africa. [Image credit: Flickr, Nancy Regan]

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Finding Partners for a Horizon 2020 Proposal
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Finding Partners for a Horizon 2020 Proposal

Presentation by CAAST-Net Plus partners George Essegbey, Melissa Plath, Masahudu Fuseini and Constantine Vaitsas, at the joint CAAST-Net Plus-INCONTACT 2020 workshop on Horizon 2020 and National Contact Points, in Accra, Ghana (Ghana: Accra, 28-29 May 2015). [Image credit: CAAST-Net Plus]

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COHRED Fairness Index Explained
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COHRED Fairness Index Explained

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The Council on Health Research for Development (COHRED) is preparing to launch its Fairness Index (CFI) in 2016. The index, once implemented, will aim to create a standard by which research collaborations can be measured against good practice. Writing in an article published in The Lancet on 4 April 2015, COHRED representatives say that the CFI is “not about naming and shaming” but is rather a “mechanism that would encourage improvement of practices in international collaborative research partnerships for health”. The publication of the article preceded a multi-stakeholder brainstorm workshop hosted by COHRED in London at the Wellcome Trust on 16 and 17 April 2015, where the CFI concept was discussed. [Image credit: Flickr, International AIDS Vaccine Initiative]

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Seminar on Collaborative Health Research Fairness Index
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Seminar on Collaborative Health Research Fairness Index

The Council on Health Research for Development (COHRED) will host a seminar for further work on its proposed fairness index for international collaborative health research. The purpose of the COHRED Colloquium 4 is to establish a common global benchmark to allow data sharing and ownership, capacity building, technology transfer, and benefits of collaborative research for partner and associated institutions. Health research policy-makers will discuss what such an index should look like and how it could be utilised for maximum benefit for health actors across the globe, while improving health in less developed countries. For further information on the colloquium, send an email to Najia Musolino at musolino[at]cohred.org. [Image credit: COHRED]

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GSK: Global Health Needs Business
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GSK: Global Health Needs Business

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The only way to promote global health is through “innovative partnerships” involving business, NGOs and primary contact points on the ground, global pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) argues in The Guardian. “New and different ways of working are required to stimulate innovation and create change that enables access to healthcare and helps people live healthier lives,” GSK says. Towards this end the company is preparing in-depth reports on crucial global health questions as well as online debates specifically about malaria. More information on the various Q&A sessions are available through the link. [Image credit: Flickr/MaxPlante]

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COST and EU Agree on Mutual Interest Collaborations
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COST and EU Agree on Mutual Interest Collaborations

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The European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) project has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, COST announced on 25 February. “This potential long-term collaboration commits the two institutions to more systematically exchange knowledge and expertise in order to ensure efficient use of information and resources,” a COST statement said. The agreement will see the two organisations collaborating in areas of mutual interest. Particular focus will be given to number of fields including health, climate change, food security, agriculture and information technology. Four African countries, Mauritius, Namibia, South Africa and Sudan, are current international COST project partners. [Image credit: COST]

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EU Lays Out Projects to Establish ‘Energy Union’
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EU Lays Out Projects to Establish ‘Energy Union’

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The European Union (EU) has released a detailed list of Horizon 2020-funded projects through which it hopes to establish a greener energy sector in Europe and combat climate change. According to the EU the projects are all tasked with finding “new high performance, low-carbon technologies”. A total of 15 projects were awarded Horizon 2020 funding, examining among others “green” vehicles, energy-efficient building practices, hydrogen energy and nuclear energy. African countries including Madagascar, Egypt and Morocco will also form part of consortia involved in the research projects. [Image credit: Flickr/Mike Steinhoff]

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