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Health innovation in Africa

München, 06/05/2015

LMU specialists in epidemiology and infection biology will actively collaborate with three African research networks dedicated to improving the efficacy of health care in African countries.

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LMU has been selected as a central project partner in three new Afro-German research networks in the field of public health in Sub-Saharan Africa. Funding for the cooperative ventures will be provided by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF). The consortia will focus on infectious diseases that represent particularly significant threats to public health on the African continent. The networks in which LMU researchers will participate are CEBHA+, TB-Sequel and TAKeOFF. CEBHA+ is dedicated to promoting the adoption of evidence-based health care in Africa. The aim of TB-Sequel is to characterize the influence of secondary diseases and other clinical repercussions of tuberculosis on the efficacy of tuberculosis treatment, and the impact of these sequelae on public health. TAKeOFF will focus on overcoming obstacles in the fight against filariasis. All three networks will be coordinated by local African researchers.

In all, 70 proposals were submitted to the BMBF initiative “Research Networks for Health Innovation in Sub-Saharan Africa”. Five of these have now been approved, which will together receive a total of 50 million euros in funding over the next 5 years. The network concept is part of the Ministry’s Africa Strategy 2014 – 2018 and is based on facilitating close cooperation between researchers in Germany and in Africa.

Approved Networks with LMU Involvement:

CEBHA+: Network for Evidence-Based Healthcare Provision and Public Health in Africa
Member Countries: South Africa, Uganda, Rwanda, Malawi, Ethiopia,
Coordinator: Prof. Harriet Mayanja-Kizza, Kampala, Uganda
German Contact: PD Dr. Eva Rehfuess, Institute for Medical Information Processing, Biometry and Epidemiology, LMU Munich

TB-Sequel: The impact of secondary disease, risk factors and long-term complications on tuberculosis treatment and public health
Member Countries: Tanzania, Mozambique, Gambia, South Africa
Coordinator: Dr. Gavin Churchyard, Johannesburg, South Africa
German Contact: Prof. Dr. Michael Hoelscher, LMU Medical Center and German Center for Infection Research (DZIF)

TAKeOFF: Network to Overcome Barriers in Combating Filariasis
Member Countries: Ghana, Cameroon, Tanzania
Coordinator: Dr. Alexander Debrah, Kumasi, Ghana
German Contact: Dr. Sabine Specht, University of Bonn, Germany
Contact at LMU: Dr. Inge Kroidl, LMU Medical Center