Grants awarded

The African coaLition for Epidemic Research, Response and Training, Clinical Characterisation Protocol (ALERRT CCP)

Grantholder:

Dr John Amuasi

Kumasi Center for Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine

Ghana

Grantholder:

Dr Amadou Sall

Institut Pasteur de Dakar

Senegal

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Dr Anani Badje

PACCI

Ivory Coast

Grantholder:

Dr Fabien Taieb

Institut Pasteur de Dakar

Senegal

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Dr Kenneth Baillie

University of Edinburgh

United Kingdom

Grantholder:

Dr Mathias Altmann

University of Bordeaux

France

Grantholder:

Dr Oumou Maiga-Ascofare

Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine

Germany

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Dr Tajudeen Raji

Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention

Ethiopia

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Prof Peter Horby

University of Oxford

United Kingdom

Grantholder:

Prof Souleymane Mboup

Institute for Health Research, Epidemiological Surveillance and Training

Senegal

As part of the response to the emergence of COVID-19, the World Health Organization Africa Regional Office (WHO/AFRO) is organising various infection, prevention and control (IPC) and critical care training activities targeted at low- and middle-income countries in Africa. 

While the initiatives taken by the WHO/AFRO are critical, training for research into the disease also needs to be targeted at the same low- and-middle income countries. It’s an emerging infectious disease and we need to learn as we go. 

Clinical research on COVID-19 needs to be closely integrated with the IPC, clinical care and epidemiological training activities, including use of the WHO First Few X cases (FFX) and contact investigation protocol for COVID-19. We propose to work closely with the WHO/AFRO, Africa CDC and existing networks and structures across Africa and globally to provide this clinical research training and support. 

ALERRT is a member of the Global Health Network – ISARIC, which has developed a clinical characterisation protocol for COVID-19. This protocol has been endorsed by the WHO and is currently being used in China and across Europe. The ALERRT network is already established and conducting activities in sub-Sahara Africa, so it has the capacity to effectively implement the proposed project.