The Seventh EDCTP Forum took place in Berlin, Germany from 30 June to 2 July 2014 at the Maritim proArte Hotel under the theme: The Partnership journey: New horizon for better health. The Forum was officially opened by Dr Renate Loskill from the Germany’s Federal Ministry for Education and Research. The conference was attended by 359 participants from 43 countries, mainly from Africa and Europe. These included scientific and health care communities, policymakers, regulators, product development partners, research and health funding organisations and foundations, private sector alliances, government representatives and non-governmental organisations.
The Forum programme consisted of 120 oral presentations comprising a wide range of topics including: clinical research on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria; interactions of these three diseases with neglected infectious diseases; cross-cutting topics on health capacity development and networking, policy, ethics and regulatory affairs. The majority of the presentations were by researchers involved in EDCTP-funded projects.
The EDCTP Forum is a biennial event that provides an international platform for the presentation and discussion of frontier research for everyone involved in combating the three main poverty-related diseases (HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria) and their interaction with other neglected infectious diseases, the appropriate capacity development and networking activities. The Forum has established itself as a valuable opportunity to delegates to build and reinforce cooperation and synergy among EDCTP stakeholders.
This Forum replaces the Seventh EDCTP Forum that was initially planned to take place in Dakar, Senegal from 21-24 October 2013. The event was cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances when the Senegalese government was forced to host the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Heads of State summit at the venue that was meant for the EDCTP Forum.