CIDRZ researchers presented eight posters and two oral presentations to an international audience at the 8th European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) Forum which took place this November in Lusaka this year under the theme, “Defeating poverty-related and neglected diseases in Africa: harnessing research for evidence-informed policies.”
CIDRZ presentations described recent clinical and implementation research results ranging from field diagnosis of Hepatitis B, impact of Hepatitis B/HIV co-infection on mortality, optimizing clinical outcomes of HIV/TB co-infected patients, meeting the challenges of collecting dry blood spots in field/community settings, tracing lost-to-follow-up patients to improve cohort data in urban Lusaka, feasibility of introducing prison health Committees to strengthen Zambian Prison health and qualitative work on understanding patient decisions to disengage from HIV care and treatment programmes. Presenters were Dr Mike Vinikoor, Dr Margaret Kasaro, Dr Caroline Chisenga, Virginia Munamunungu, Kalo Musukuma, Bertha Chibwe, Kombatende Sikombe, Kaunda Kaunda and Clement Moonga.
The EDCTP Forum is a biennial event and is one of the most prominent conferences on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and other neglected infectious diseases prevalent in Africa. About 600 delegates participated in this event in Lusaka which was organised by EDCTP in partnership with the Government of the Republic of Zambia Ministry of Health. The Forum offered an opportunity for dialogue and exchange of ideas between scientists, policy makers, funders, donors and global health advocates in the field of clinical development of effective and accessible interventions against poverty-related diseases.