Saturday, 15 February 2014
Acapulco (Hyatt Regency Chicago)
The presentation will call for partnerships to be improved and redefined since power relationships within a partnership are often unbalanced – for example, between the North and the South. If partnerships are weak and unbalanced they will not achieve their goals. Therefore, it is time for African governments to stop being passive partners; they should participate actively. African governments should also ensure partnership between their own health, research and finance ministries. Also companies operating in Africa must be made to contribute towards the costs of medical research. The presentation will also address the importance of developing the capacity of Africa’s centres of excellence, the need to involve social scientists in clinical research, and the need to monitor the translation of research findings into policy and benefits for populations.