There is an extreme shortage of trained professionals in clinical research centers & trial sites in Africa. IAVI has engaged in an extraordinary initiative to build clinical trial centers in East & Southern Africa. To ensure that partner labs in Africa meet international standards, IAVI has them trained & accredited under the stringent Good Clinical Laboratory Practices (GCLP) scheme. This high level of oversight provides credibility of results and provides consistency across the trial network.
To ensure the lab network can be sustained locally, IAVI put in place a training program for clinical research & lab staff to enhance skills, qualify local trainers, establish quality assurance groups, and develop basic equipment maintenance skills.
IAVI’s stress on building capacity is making a difference. The lab network is changing how African scientists work, expanding professional horizons & seeding a regional scientific community. As opportunities multiply, scientists abroad could return.