Kooperation mit Partnern in Tansania
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African Partner Institutions

Many infections such as malaria, tuberculosis or AIDS are a bigger problem in Africa than they are here. The DZIF scientists are working closely with African partner institutions to research these diseases more intensively where they frequently occur.

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.

„I look forward to longstanding collaborations with the DZIF. There still is a lot to be done.“
Research partner in Mbeya
Prof. Dr. Nyanda Elias Ntinginya
Director at the National Institute for Medical Research - Mbeya Medical Research Centre

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:

EDCTP

 

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