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20 October
Press release:
HIV/AIDS: European Research provides clear proof that HIV virus cannot pass through condoms

Commissioner Busquin's visit to Africa (29 August - 1 September)

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Mbeya Medical Research Centre, Tanzania

Manhiça Health Research Centre, Mozambique

Visit to Aventis, Pretoria, South Africa

Speech at WHO's meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa

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Visit to Mbeya Medical Research Centre, Tanzania (29-30 August)
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 Photographs of the research centre 

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 Commissioner Busquin at Kihumbe, an African NGO that assists people in providing home-based care for AIDS patients.

Kihumbe supports affected families and educates the community in voluntary counselling and testing to reduce HIV spread.

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Photos: Anne Degrand-Guillaud, Research DG, European Commission, Brussels


Visit to Manhiça Health Research Centre, Mozambique (31 August)
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 Commissioner Busquin and journalists at the research centre

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Photos: Alexander Bohr, EC Delegation, Mozambique
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Visit to Aventis, Pretoria, South Africa
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Photos: Frank Oberholzer, EC Delegation, South Africa


Speech at WHO's meeting in Johannesbourg, South Africa
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Speech (in French):

Europe et Afrique ensemble pour la lutte contre les maladies de la pauvreté - Commissioner Busquin's speech to the annual meeting of the WHO's regional committee for Africa

Press release:
European Commissioner Busquin presents clinical trials programme to African Health Ministers


Background information
 31 July, Press release:
Combating poverty related diseases: European Commissioner Busquin to visit Africa to promote clinical trials programme (fr de)
 Programme ( 12kB) 
 More details on EDCTP (): EDCTP at a glance (15kB), EDCTP background note (42kB), presentation slides (1 MB)
 Country fact sheets () on Mozambique (33 kB), Tanzania (32 kB) and South Africa (28 kB)
 Presentations () on HIV/AIDS (300 kB), Malaria (540 kB), Tuberculosis (316 kB)
 Fact sheets () on poverty-related diseases (18 kB) HIV/AIDS (25kB), Malaria (27 kB), Tuberculosis (28kB)

EU-funded research in the fight against Tuberculosis

24 March
Press release:
World Tuberculosis day

Access to medicines

28 April
Round Table on Access to Medicines
Opening speech of Commissioner Busquin



13 December
Press release:
European Commission funded research leads to effective new malaria drug
12 November
Press briefing (Heysel Conference)
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29 August
Press release:
EU teams up with developing countries to combat AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis (en fr de )
27 June
Press release:
European research yields guidelines for treatment of HIV-positive pregnant women and infants
EDCTP launch conference in Barcelona (19-20 April 2002)

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On-going research funded by the EC

The Sixth Framework programme (2002-2006)

Life sciences, genomics and biotechnology for health

International co-operation activities

The Fifth Framework programme (1998-2002)

Book of abstracts

International Cooperation

Quality of Life programme


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