New project ScreenTB strives to make testing for active tuberculosis easier

Eurice supports new EDCTP2-funded project to fight TB in sub-Saharan Africa

According to the WHO, 1.5 million people were killed by TB in 2014. It now ranks alongside HIV as a leading cause of death worldwide. It is crucial for people who are affected by both HIV and TB to be reliably diagnosed with the latter, because the tuberculosis skin test can be compromised by HIV. The high burden of undiagnosed TB fuels on-going transmission and poor treatment outcomes. In response to this major health issue a consortium of eight partners had already addressed this problem in the EDCTP-funded project AE-TBC. The importance of their work has now been validated by being regarded again for the second round of funding through the EDCTP.

The European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) is a partnership between European countries and sub-Saharan Africa. It aims to support collaborative research that accelerates the clinical development of new or improved interventions to prevent or treat HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis, among other diseases, in sub-Saharan Africa.

ScreenTB: a fast and safe way to screen for active TB

ScreenTB, the follow-up project, addresses the important topic of screening for active TB, which would significantly speed up and streamline diagnostic approaches in resource-limited settings. The consortium plans to run a trial that will recruit 800 people with symptoms suggestive of active TB, and across five African countries. Additionally, they will continue to build significant African clinical trial capacity by hosting workshops on clinical trial and laboratory procedures and by supporting the promising early and mid-career African scientists through a mentorship program and by improving South-South and South-North networking.

The project consortium comprises a multi-national team of leading experts from eight African and European partnering institutions and is equipped with a total budget of €3 million.

As management partner Eurice will support the consortium in all aspects of project management and project implementation. Moreover, Eurice will assist the consortium in effective project communications to ensure a continuous and broad outreach to relevant stakeholder groups

The partners in ScreenTB at a glance:

Africa:

  • Prof. Gerhard Walzl, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
  • Dr. Jayne Sutherland, Medical Research Council, The Gambia
  • Dr. Rawleigh Howe, Armauer Hansen Research Institute, Ethiopia
  • Prof. Harriet Mayanja, Makerere University, Uganda
  • Dr. Jacob Sheehama, University of Namibia, Namibia

Europe:

  • Dr. Paul Corstjens, Leiden University Medical Center, The Netherlands
  • Prof. Hazel Dockrell, The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, United Kindom
  • Dr. Claudia Schacht/Julia Buech, The European Research and Project Office GmbH, Germany

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