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PRD College


Poverty Related Diseases-College: International Programme on BioMedicine and Development
 
 
Framework programme:
 7
Contract/Grant agreement number:
222948
EC contribution:
1,403,013 €
Duration:
36 months
Funding scheme:
Coordination and Support Action
Starting date:
01/11/2008
Project Web site:
http://www.prd-college.eu
 
 

Keywords: biomedicine, development, poverty, disease, HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis

Background

Africa is going through an unprecedented funding period in order to eradicate the diseases that have contributed to its economic stagnation. These poverty-related diseases are principally HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis, but they also include classical tropical diseases such as schistosomiasis, trypanosomiasis, filariasis and intestinal nematode infections. The funding was meant not only to control disease but also to develop scientific organisations that could sustain the achievements. However, this has been hindered by many factors, including the fact that academic curricula in most African institutes have not grown or adapted since the pre-independence era. Talent poaching and perpetuating the brain-drain to industrialised countries have been the only ways for African scientists to better their career opportunities.

Therefore, developing nations cannot make the most of their human capital and establish the critical mass to define, develop and sustain research programmes. As a consequence, there is a disconnection between current biological scientific and medical knowledge and its application for the development of the health and scientific sectors.

The PRD College consortium was created with the aim of bridging the gap between the biological sciences, health and development in Africa; it will educate young African and European scientists to perform research on poverty-related and neglected diseases (PR and ND). Certain capacity areas will be given focus through elective and mandatory courses followed by an internship in development at an African institute and a science exchange programme.

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