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The Central Africa Network on Tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and Malaria (CANTAM) was created in 2009 with the majoraim to build capacity in seven institutions in the three countries Cameroon, Gabon and the Republic of Congo (RoC) for the conduct of clinical trials.

The Central Africa Network on Tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and Malaria (CANTAM) was created in 2009 with the major aim to build capacity in seven institutions in the three countries Cameroon, Gabon and the Republic of Congo (RoC) for the conduct of clinical trials. The strategy for achieving this goal was to select institutions with the lowest capacities to conduct clinical research in Cameroon and RoC and to drive them to a higher level through participation in multicentre clinical research involving the highly experienced center in Gabon. Thus, during the past 5 years, baseline data on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria have been collected. A dynamic training platform for academic and non-academic training has been developed involving regional partners like WHO/AFRO, UNICEF, Ministries of Public Health and Ministries of Science and Technology.

In the second phase of the programme, we propose to expand the CANTAM network by including new partner sites and countries in order to increase the critical mass of researchers and to acquire expertise (such as pharmacovigilance activities) that is still lacking in the region.

During the next 5 years CANTAM will consolidate the achievements of the first period and aims at filling specific identified gaps in tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, malaria and co-morbidities in Central Africa by involving more countries (Democratic Republic of the Congo and collaboration with Zambia), more institutions in Gabon and RoC and more European partners (United Kingdom, The Netherlands) and by conducting innovative interventions.

Recently, the health research environment has been disturbed and boosted with the Ebola crisis which has shown to the world the necessity to invest at least in minimal of functional research activities including identification of pathogens and trained local staff in all countries of sub-Saharan Africa.
CANTAM
CANTAM countries like Gabon, DRC and RoC have faced Ebola outbreaks in the past, of course not in the magnitude of those observed in West Africa but this recent outbreak has pointed out that our countries are still not ready to face such a crisis. The CANTAM mission and objectives offer an opportunity to become a key player in the region for bringing together all interested parties in infectious diseases clinical research and to become an effective platform for cooperation involving health policy makers and national authorities. In the light of the Ebola outbreak the objectives will include the development of a flexible, ready-to-apply methodological framework, including regulatory and ethical aspects in emergency outbreak situations, for the immediate implementation of trials and other clinical studies in the early phase of an infectious outbreak which threatens regional health security.
To be able to respond to these challenges
A systemic approach to conduct clinical trials on interventions
CANTAM1 network efforts and to increase clinical
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