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Partnerships a Necessity for Health Innovation in Africa
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Partnerships a Necessity for Health Innovation in Africa

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Africa has the potential to enhance its technologies in health by using strategic partnerships, writes Sam Otieno in a summative article published on SciDev.net after the the 5th African Network for Drugs and Diagnostics Innovation (ANDI) meeting, which was held in Kenya in November 2015. “Highlighting the need to support health innovation in Africa, Solomon Nwaka, executive director of Ethiopia-headquartered ANDI, said African institutions are not working together in a concerted way to solve the health challenges facing the continent due to lack of coordination and financing, among other factors,” Otieno writes. Otieno also quotes Sanaa Botros of Egypt’s Theodor Bilharz Research Institute, who said: “Effective alliance building will help to facilitate and support the development of local technologies with potential to positively impact.” Kenya’s Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, a CAAST-Net Plus partner, attended the ANDI meeting and presented a poster on framework conditions for health research and innovation. [Image credit: Flickr, IITA]

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Study: Communication Key to Building Successful Research Partnerships
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Study: Communication Key to Building Successful Research Partnerships

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A new published study entitled “Promoting Sustainable Research Partnerships: A Mixed-method Evaluation of a United Kingdom-Africa Capacity Strengthening Award Scheme” has found that communication is a “key factor” in building a functional research partnership. Collectively developed ideas, shared decision-making and shared research outputs were also considered fundamental partnership success factors. “This paper draws out lessons for establishing and maintaining successful research collaborations, based on partnership dynamics, from the perspectives of both high-income countries and low- and middle income countries [LMICs] stakeholders through the evaluation of a research capacity strengthening partnership award scheme,” the study’s abstract says. “Some [study participants] reported that when partners entered the project with differing assumptions about, for example, the research content and focus, the administration of funds, or procurement process the effect on the partnership was debilitating,” the authors write. The research was conducted by the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and the New York Institute of Technology. [Image credit: Flickr, CIFOR]

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EDCTP Awards Ebola Capacity Building Grants
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EDCTP Awards Ebola Capacity Building Grants

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The European and Developing Counties Clinical Trials Partnerships (EDCTP) has announced six winners for research grants to fight future Ebola outbreaks. The grants announced on 6 November are worth a total of €1.5 million and are a collaborative effort of the EDCTP and The World Health Organisation's Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (WHO-TDR). The projects will be lead by African researchers from Gabon, Uganda, and Sierra Leone, and European researchers from Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom. The Europe-led projects will all have African partners. [Image credit: Flickr, Lwp Kommunikáció]

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Horizon 2020 Rules for Participation
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Horizon 2020 Rules for Participation

Presentation by Héloïse Lemoine of the Institute of Research for Development, France, 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: H.Lemoine]

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Identifying a Possible Call for Horizon 2020
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Identifying a Possible Call for Horizon 2020

Presentation by Constantine Vaitsas of the PRAXI-Forth Network, Greece, 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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Opportunities for African Participation in Horizon 2020
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Opportunities for African Participation in Horizon 2020

Presentation by Melissa Plath of the Finnish University Partnership for International Development (UniPID), Finland, 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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