The Central African Faculty is coordinated from The Biotechnology Centre of the University of Yaounde 1, Yaounde Cameroon. This faculty was launched in May, 2012 at the National Hospital ABUJA in Nigeria during a workshop we also organized and attended by several clinicians, public health practitioners, researchers, regulators, ethicists and other clinical trial staff from several states in Nigeria and Cameroon.

The knowledge about the global health trials has been widely disseminated in central Africa, and much more is being done to increase coverage especially among Francophone countries in central Africa. We have also held a skills sharing workshop that brough together an impressive audience including local and international WHO Policy consultants, Roll Back Malaria Research advocacy advisor and poverty related diseases college viRector, Deans and staff of the faculty of medicine in some Cameroonian universities, NGO leaders, researchers, laboratory heads, nurses and statistics managers, medical students etc working on different aspects of clinical research in all areas of global health.

We will continue to facilitate efforts to disseminate knowledge, bring together more researchers and staff at all levels in clinical research to share skills and help one another through the globalhealth trials web platform etc. We are keen to use this site to promote virtual communities of practice in different aspects of global health.  We will be running a ‘meet the expert’ online discussion sessions to help Central Africans and others desirous of initiating and developing clinical trial facilities and research in various locations. We plan to also build a wider team in different central African counties run a seminar series in different locations locally on a variety of topics in global health clinical research to enhance capacity. This year, we also plan to represent GHT in different meetings locally or internationally such as the Cameroonian Society of Parasitology Meeting, the Multilateral Initiative on Malaria Conference in Durban, etc.

Coordinating Members

Innocent ALI.
I am a university lecturer, a trained biomedical researcher working in the poverty related diseases and NTDs principally in Malaria. I am investigating factors associated with enhanced response to antimalarial medications in low resource settings. My work has also been to coordinate clinical trials investigating clinical response to antimalarial medicines used for uncomplicated malaria in Cameroon. These trials have been both company sponsored and investigator initiated. Ihave facilitated WHO sponsored workshops on clinical research capacity building in good clinical laboratory practice and internal quality control. I will continue to lend my support the the GHT clinical program in facilitating capacity development in clinical laboratory and other trial related functions.

Akindeh Nji
I am a Statistician by training, a lecturer and a WHO/TDR trained clinical monitor on statistics issues in clinical research. I presently coordinate the clinical data management unit of the Laboratory for Public Health Research Biotechnologies hosted by the Biotechnology Centre, University of Yaounde 1. I have been involved in WHO sponsored research across Africa mainly on tuberculosis drug response as Data manager. I plan to build a statistics and data management network within the global health trials platform for central Africa, so that we can share skills, challenges and learn from one another. I also hope that through this portal, we can develop collaborations that will enhance our ability to procure funding for investigator initiated clinical trials in Central Africa. I intend to develop these things and more in the near future once I complete my doctorate in International Health in Germany this september 2013.

Wilfred Mbacham
I am an associate Professor in Tropical Pubic Health and Biotechnology who on return from my training in Harvard founded the laboratory for Public Health Research Biotechnologies. Besides multiple functions at various levels internationally and nationally, I contribute to the smooth coordination of the global health trials faculty. We plan to use our rich network in central Africa to foster clinical trials capacity development across all diseases in global health.