First joint online conference for EDCTP-funded projects aimed at strengthening biomedical Ethics and Regulatory capacities for clinical trials in sub-Saharan African countries.

The LiberHetica and BERC-Luso projects, both financed by EDCTP, organized on the 26th of March a joint online conference titled: Biomedical Ethics and Regulatory Capacity Building: International Dialogues.

The BERC-Luso and LiberHetica are two projects funded by the European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) aimed at strengthening ethics and regulatory capacities for clinical trials by partnerships between African and European countries, and involving 6 Sub-Saharan African countries (Liberia, Angola, Guinea Bissau, Sao Tome and Principe, Mozambique and Cape-Verde) and 2 European countries (U.K. and Portugal).

The state of the art of Ethical and Regulatory capacities especially in field of clinical trials were presented and discussed, with invaluable input from the following national institutional representatives:

  • Dr.ª Ester Oliveira (Cabo Verde)
  • Doutor Victor Gomes (Guiné-Bissau)
  • Dr.ª Telma Chicuamba (Moçambique)
  • Dr. Jeryson Ramos (São Tomé e Príncipe)
  • Dr. Jemee Tegli (Liberia)

The conference was very enriching and not only contributed to the exchange of experiences among different countries, but it was also the opportunity to the share achievements and challenges that both projects have faced, and to indentify synergies to increase the impact and long term sustainability of these projects.

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