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We recently launched a South African faculty of GHT at a clinical trials course in Cape Town that was attended by clincial researchers from several African countries (including South Africa, Malawi, Zambia and Botswana). We gave a short presentation followed by a live link with colleagues in Oxford who demonstrated the website. There are currently 3 members in South Africa who are happy to coordinate activities and ideas at least for this country (myself, Lesley Workman and Havana Chikoto), and possibly region-wide if that were of interest. I would be keen to hear from anyone interested in discussing this venture. Our initial thoughts are to spend the second half of 2012 raising awareness of GHT by way of workshops held at research institutions (such as universities) where interested staff can come along to hear about the website but also get hands-on experience of browsing and setting up their profile (including professional membership scheme). During the workshops we will find out what delegates' needs are as regards clinical trial support/resources so that, longer-term, we can aim to fulfil them. Any comments on this strategy are very welcome! Liz Allen

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  • thomasnyirenda Thomas Nyirenda 15 Jun 2012

    Congratulations Liz and the group. This is a most welcome initiative. You definetely need to send more word out for capturing interest in other 10 countries in SADC. This could be a start of harmonisation in building an informed research force in the region. Please continue the good work.

  • quiquebassat Quique Bassat 15 Jun 2012

    This is a fantastic initiative. The Manhiça Health research Centre (CISM), in Manhiça, southern Mozambique, has performed in the past large complex clinical trials, including some of the RTS,S malaria vaccine candidate trials. We would be willing to collaborate with this initiative, and would be happy to receive more information.
    Quique

    quique.bassat@cresib.cat

  • quiquebassat Quique Bassat 15 Jun 2012

    This is a fantastic initiative. The Manhiça Health research Centre (CISM), in Manhiça, southern Mozambique, has performed in the past large complex clinical trials, including some of the RTS,S malaria vaccine candidate trials. We would be willing to collaborate with this initiative, and would be happy to receive more information.
    Quique

    quique.bassat@cresib.cat

  • Thanks so much Quique, I am familiar with your centre (by name only, it is well known!). I have a colleague in Mozambique who I worked with for many years in malaria trials. Let me contact him and see if he is interested. Once we have a few more people on board we can discuss how to move collaboration forward in a way that is suitable to all. Liz

  • Thank you Thomas for your encouragement and agree, it would be great to have 10 countries on board! We could all maybe have a think about how to spread the word through exisiting collaborations....

  • jmusuku2001 JOHN MUSUKU 23 Jun 2012

    GREAT INITIATIVE

  • dralinn ALI Innocent 24 Jun 2012

    This initiative is great. Now, we have the central Africa, West African, East African and South African Faculties. This platform shall by no means be of great help in developing trial capacity and promoting best practices in clinical trial research in Africa. Nice way to network and collaborate. Looking forward to great interactions.

  • jobygeorge05 Joby George 10 Jul 2012

    Great initiative for a huge and great platform for clinical research

  • Thanks for your votes of support John, Ali and Joby (sorry not to reply earlier I was on leave). We should shortly have some news about developments for the Southern African faculty which I can share with those interested so 'watch this space'! Liz

  • We just had a launch of the programme in Malawi. It will be nice to collaborate on the way forward.

  • Welcome Alinane - we plan to put regional faculty pages on the site shortly where we can bring together resources relevant for the various regions. Keep checking the website for developments about this!
    Liz

  • nicomoza José Carlos Beirão 25 Oct 2012

    I´m working in Research Center For Infectious Disease Belong to Catholic University Of Mozambique as a internal Monitor.
    At this time we are running one clinical trial in TB HIV area and preparing other reserarch in HIV area.
    Im interested in collaboration of these initiative.

  • nhandon Nehemiah Nhando 24 Dec 2012

    Good news indeed just what we need. We are currently conducting several clinical trials in HIV prevention and treatment strategies in adults and children at University of Zimbabwe Clinical Research Centre and would be very happy to network with other regional centres. We share a lot in terms of disease burden and other public health challenges, enough to justify a regional initiative

  • Just to let you know we are holding a first South African meeting on Feb 1st (updated flyer attached, or see noticeboard tab). Afterwards I will post about how it went, what discussions came up etc, and we can see if there is an opportunity for further Southern African events or ideas for collaboration?

  • tcmarukutira Tafireyi Marukutira 7 Jan 2013

    Thank you Liz. Would be happy to provide input from Botswana. I am with the Botswana-Baylor Clinic.

  • fdambula Felix Dambula 14 Jan 2013

    Great. I will be happy to collaborate with you from Malawi. Am with Mzuzu University.

  • Hello! Our meeting went very well and we are busy deciding how best to disseminate the experiences discussed. We will aim to write it up as a report and/or paper for instance. We will probably choose a couple of key activities that could be feasible to do in South Africa and would be happy to discuss with those in neighbouring countries whether these same plans are appropriate for you to take forward or adapt acccording to local needs.

  • Look forward for that report

  • vellakaudzu Vella Kaudzu 20 Sep 2013

    Networking is the best way of sharing information and for development, together we can make a positive impact in our region as far as medical research is of concern. it all depends on how committed we can be and if we have resources. its a great program worth pursuing.

  • Hi everyone, I am Ogundokun Olusegun, å Biomedical Scientist and å Clinical Trial Monitor. I am å member of Global Health Trials (Nigeria Faculty). Sequel to the awesome reports I've been hearing about the southern faculty of Global Health Trials, I wish to congratulate and applaud everyone that has painstakingly participate in one way or the other to achieve the reported successes.
    I will also like to use this medium to show my interest in any of your proposed workshop coming on as å speaker. I specialized in Clinical Monitoring and Evaluation.
    Thank you all.
    Email: ogundokunolusegun@yahoo.com
    Tel: +2348038302766.

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