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Clinical Trials Community

Promoting Clinical Trials in Africa through Harmonized Stakeholder Engagement

The Clinical Trials Community is a programme of the Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA), an initiative of the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) and the Africa Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD) supported by global partners. The CTC’s goal is to increase the level of Clinical Trial investments in Africa by increasing the visibility of the African clinical trialists and sites and making transparent and accessible individual country regulatory and ethics procedures to inform decision making by sponsors.Other key objectives of the programme include:

  • Increase visibility of African Clinical Trialists and Sites by indicating geographical location and corresponding disease burden
  • Reduce unnecessary duplication of efforts by providing access to current site feasibility data
  • Improving predictability by providing access to regulatory and ethics requirements across countries and an online platform for sponsor engagement
  • Reducing bias in funding across countries and  disease areas by highlighting gaps and promoting synergy across strategic funders

Meeting User Needs

Key platform features were informed by stakeholder engagement meetings held across the continent. Key stakeholders include;

  • African clinical trial scientists and researchers,
  • Biopharmaceutical sponsors,
  • Product development partners (PDPs)
  • African Regulatory and Ethics representatives
  • Clinical Research Organizations
  • Community participants

Key Activities

Stakeholder Engagement, Needs Assessment and User requirements gathering

The Academy hosted seven consultative workshops for scientists, international clinical researchers, biopharma representatives, product development partners (PDPs), and African regulatory representatives across the continent to gather the user requirements. Stakeholder engagement has also been key to get buy-in and to establish the structure and format of this collaborative platform.

The meetings were conducted across the continent as shown in the below:

clinical trials

Meet the Team

AESA Team Member
Thomas Kariuki Director of Programmes
AESA Team Member
Jenniffer Maroa Programme Consultant
AESA Team Member
Caxton Murira Product Specialist
AESA Team Member
Rosalyn Wamuyu Grants Officer
AESA Team Member
Colin Pillai Programme Consultant
AESA Team Member
Davies Mbela Communications Assistant
AESA Team Member
Fridah Mwendia Senior Programme Officer
AESA Team Member
John Muthoka Data Assistant
AESA Team Member
Vera Bonareri Data Assistant
AESA Team Member
Faith Kiyuka System Helpdesk
Key lessons from conversations with stakeholders

CTC Connect all CTC Stakeholders

CTC Provide access to site feasibility

CTC Map disease burden to sites

CTC Promote sustainability of sites

CTC Visibility, Capacity & Capabilities

CTC Promote practical training

CTC Efficiency of ethical review boards

CTC Link the tool to similar platforms

CTC Inclusion of information on NCDs

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