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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)

The 9th EDCTP Forum was organised in Lisbon-Portugal from 17th to 21st September 2018. This EDCTP Forum hosted 550 participants from more than 50 countries and consisted of 5 plenary presentations, 9 symposia, 45 oral presentations in parallel sessions, and 74 ePosters.

The capacities, activities and challenges of the CANTAM network were presented by Leonard NUMFOR (Project Manager) during the Scientific Colloquium: “Empowering African Research Institutions through capacity building, partnership and networking”, bringing together the four EDCTP regional Networks of Excellence (NoEs) and Pharmaceutical Industries (Novartis Pharma, Bio Venture for Global Health BVGH…). This Symposium aimed at identifying areas of collaboration between NoEs and pharmaceutical companies

The forum was also an opportunity for the NoEs and the Infectious Diseases Data Observatory (IDDO) to meet and discuss the most appropriate strategies for data sharing challenges including recommandations made by Horizon 2020..

As many CANTAM partenrs were attending the EDCTP forum, a CANTAM meeting was organized to discuss progress in the project.

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