EU Launches Key Africa AIDS Research Center
Mon Jul 26, 2004 10:50 AM ET
CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - The European Union Monday launched a research center in South Africa to help Africa fight the spread of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.
The diseases kill millions of people on the continent annually, with an estimated 3,000 children dying of malaria -- a preventable and curable illness -- every day.
European Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) executive director Piero Olliaro told reporters in Cape Town the group would fund 18 clinical trials in Africa and nine in Europe over the next three years.
"These are the immediate priorities for the first semester of operations of the EDCTP," he said at the opening of the EU-funded organization's Africa office in Cape Town.