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The Minister of Scientific Research and Technological Innovation of the Republic of Congo, His Excellency Mr. Martin Parfait Aime COUSSOUD-MAVOUNGOU visited the premises of the Congolese Foundation for Medical Research (FCRM) on 23rd May 2019.This visit is part of the strong partnership between the FCRM and its parent Ministry.

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After the visit of the center of Medical Analyses and Consultations of the Foundation in the Massissia neighborhood (South of Brazzaville),the Minister and his Delegation went to the head office of the FCRM located on the Africa WHO campus during which a working session was held where the parties exchanged on the ongoing research activities and on ways to improve collaborations and the public research structures of the country. The minister also stressed the importance of maintaining sub –regional and international collaborations, which is equally what the FCRM is striving toward visibility.

The elimination of malaria in Africa will require collective awareness. The Central African Clinical Research Network (CANTAM) welcomes the initiative "Zero Malaria ! Starts With Me" and invites you all to participate actively.
Mission by the CRFilMT team from Cameroonto the Republic of Congo from the 4th to the 6th of April 2019 to launch the activities of the CANTAM network on Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) The team from the Research Centre on Filariasis and other Tropical Diseases (CRFilMT) from Cameroon, travelled to Republic of Congo with the aim to kick-off the activities on Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) component of the CANTAM project. The team constituted Prof Joseph KAMGNO (Director of CRFilMT, and at the same capacity as vice-Dean at the Faculty of Medicine and biomedical Sciences, University of Yaounde-1.) and Mr Jean BOPDA (Laboratory engineer). The mission had two main objectives and started with the meeting with the stakeholders at the ministry of Health (the National Program for the Control of Onchocerciasis (PNLO) and the CANTAM team on April, 4 2019 at the premises of the PNLO. During this meeting, the parties discussed the situation of NTDs in the Republic of Congo, the activities of NTDs at the CANTAM network as well as the collaboration between the PNLO and the CANTAM Network. The CRFilMT team then conducted a three-day training (4th to 6th April 2019) on diagnostic techniques on NTDs with related surveys methods to all those who participated at the Centre for Research on Infectious Diseases (CeRMI). These participants were from PNLO, the national Laboratory of Public Health (LNSP), and from the Congolese Foundation for Medical Research (FCRM) Prof KAMGNO used this opportunity on the spot in Brazzaville to interact with postgraduate students at FCRM advising them on research activities
March 28, 2019
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World TB Day

On the occasion of World TB Day, March 24, 2019, the Congolese Foundation for Medical Research and the Central Africa Clinical Research Network (CANTAM) organized this Friday, March 22, 2019 at the Research Center. on Infectious Diseases (CeRMI) at the scientific city (ex ORSTOM), a scientific meeting on the theme: Tuberculosis: Actions carried out at the City of research. During his presentation, Dr. Goma Laure Stella, Biologist Epidemiologist, Head of Department at the IRSSA and Supervisor of the Tuberculosis Project (CANTAM) at the Center for Research on Infectious Diseases, highlighted the important challenge of resistance of mycobacteria antituberculosis and the need to have a laboratory in Congo that makes culture. It is worth recalling that it was on March 24th, 1882, that the bacillus of koch responsible for tuberculosis was discovered by Dr. Robert KOCH and every March 24th, humanity celebrates the World Day of the fight against tuberculosis with the theme this year: IT'S TIME
The Central Africa Clinical Network (CANTAM) held from 14 to 15 February 2019 in Lusaka, Zambia the second meeting of its Phase II Steering Committee. The purpose of this meeting was to review the activities of the network for the first year and to make projections for the remaining two years. The steering committee of the network has also begun to think about obtaining an extension of funding by the European Union.

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From 18 to 22 January 2019, a coordination team of the central African network on clinical trials (Cantam) LED by the, visited the site in yaoundé and buea (Cameroon) in Partner institutions of the cantam network. The objectives of this site visit were: * meet the research teams and administration of these institutions as well as students trained by the network and appreciate the infrastructure and equipment of laboratories. * popularize the recommendations of the edctp horizon 2020 which govern the administrative and financial management of the cantam project; * identify all obstacles that might impede the development of this project. At the end of the visit, the coordination team composed of the two project leaders (Mr Jolivet Mayela and Mr Leonard Numfor) and the responsible administration and Finance Officer (Mr Clem Makita) said that they were satisfied with the commitment of the different Teams in Cameroon in capacity-building for clinical research on infectious diseases (Malaria, tuberculosis, HIV / AIDS, neglected tropical diseases).
As part of the upgrading of laboratories of the institutions of the central African clinical research network, the congolese foundation for medical research received on 29 January 2019, Dr. Linzy Elton of the university college of London. . . This mission follows the first evaluation visit of the research centre on infectious diseases (LED by professor timmchugh and Dr. Julio Ortiz cansecode ucl in August 2018) and will consist of the implementation of the action plan adopted In August 2018

A group of school children of the AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF BRAZZAVILLE visited the Research Center on Infectious Diseases (CeRMI) of FCRM . The purpose of this visit was tounderstand what were the activities conducted in a research lab.:This activity was also part of a sensitization to science for school children .

The Congolese Foundation for Medical Research (FCRM), as coordinating unit of the CANTAM network project, wilcomed an evaluation team of the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP). Represented by, Michelle NDERU (Program Officer) and Mary Jane Coloma-Egelink (FinancOfficer).

The purpose of this mission was to examine the organizational structure of the Network Coordination and the compliance with EUH2020 guidelines on implementation actions.

Different meetings were held with the management team, students and other staff as well as local research partners (National Laboratory of Public Health, National Institute for Research in Health Sciences)

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