The DZIF unit "African Partner Institutions" establishes and reinforces long-term collaborations with institutions in Africa. These include hospitals and research centres in Kumasi (Ghana), Lambaréné (Gabon), Nouna (Burkina Faso) and Mbeya (Tanzania). DZIF scientists have long-standing collaborations with these four partner institutions.
In 2017, the laboratories and techniques in all African partner institutions were modernised to a high degree. This encompassed training stuff on new methods, including the initial diagnostics, such as rapid tests for the detection of diarrhoea pathogens, to assess their accuracy. Since the end of 2021, CERMEL, as a clinical research institution in Lambaréné, Gabon, has been using the open-source biobanking tool HEnRY (HIV Engaged Research technologY) developed at the University Hospital Cologne to simplify their biosample documentation. With the comfortable sending of data to the Central Biosample Register (DZIF-ZBR) the effort is low and the output high: documentation and visibility in one step. This strengthens collaborations and fosters the research in DZIF.
The career of Prof. Dr. Ayola Akim Adegnika also demonstrates how closely German and African researchers are working together: the director at CERMEL was simultaneously appointed to a DZIF professorship at the University of Tübingen.
DZIF participates in the "European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership" programme supported by the European Union: