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Future perspectives

Under the Seventh Framework Programme, set to begin in 2007, the European Union will extend its research activities on HIV/AIDS. Finding new preventive technologies, vaccines and microbicides will continue to be a key aspect of the overall EC research strategy.

The Commission will further strengthen its strategic partnerships with global initiatives on HIV/AIDS, including the Alliance for Microbicide Development, a global coalition for the promotion of microbicides to protect both men and women from HIV infection. The European Commission is also a key partner in the Global HIV/AIDS Vaccine Enterprise, promoting HIV vaccine research and encouraging European researchers to collaborate with their international colleagues in the development of an effective HIV/AIDS vaccine.

In addition, the Commission will continue supporting people living with HIV/AIDS, financing research on new and better drugs, drug combinations and treatments.

The European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP)

The EDCTP is a major long-term initiative to accelerate the development of new clinical interventions to fight HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis in developing countries, particularly Sub-Saharan Africa. Work includes:

  • Stepping up clinical trials of new and improved products, in particular drugs, vaccines and microbicides;
  • Addressing the specific needs and priorities of developing countries with respect to research on HIV/AIDS;
  • Networking European efforts for promoting HIV/AIDS research in Africa;
  • Strengthening HIV/AIDS clinical trial capacities;
  • Encouraging investment and participation by the private sector;
  • Mobilising additional funds to fight HIV and AIDS.

Supported by €200 million in European Union funding within the Sixth Framework Programme, the EDCTP will continue to link European and African researchers, providing research capacity in developing countries.

www.edctp.org

For more information contact:
rtd-diseases@ec.europa.eu

This publication was produced by:
European Commission
Directorate-General for Research

E-mail: Research Contacts page
ec.europa.eu/research

Information and Communication Unit
B-1049 Brussels
Fax: +32 2 295 82 20

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