What is EACCR?
EACCR is a partnership of about 30 research and academic institutions in five East African countries (Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Sudan, and Ethiopia) and five European countries (United Kingdom, Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, and Norway). It is sponsored by the European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP), the Netherlands-African partnership for Capacity development & Clinical interventions Against Poverty (NACCAP), Medical Research Council (MRC)-UK and other development partners. This Network of Excellence is expected to contribute to accelerated discovery of new or better drugs, vaccines and interventions to control the targeted diseases in East Africa.
“We envisage EACCR becoming a key regional platform for dissemination of research findings, higher-level advocacy and research excellence,” said the EACCR representative, adding that a crucial aspect of the consortium will be “the emergence of a critical mass of skilled scientists in the region.”
EACCR has its secretariat at Uganda Virus Research institute (UVRI), which is located in Entebbe, Uganda. The secretariat provides administrative and technical support to the 4 regional coordinating nodes for training (Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre-KCMC in Moshi, Tanzania), malaria (KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme in Kilifi, Kenya), tuberculosis (NIMR-Muhimbili in Dar es salaam, Tanzania) and HIV (UVRI in Uganda). Prof. Kaleebu oversees the activities of the secretariat and the entire network. He chairs the Project Implementation Committee (PIC) which holds teleconferences every quarter. The EACCR project governance structure is illustrated in this document (see the governance structure).
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