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ENDORSE - ENhancing individual and institutional infectious Disease Outbreaks ResponSe capacities of healthcare professionals to mitigate infectious Emergencies in the Northern Uganda region

Funding framework

The outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in West Africa has catalysed a number of research and development activities that are focused on delivering effective therapeutic, diagnostic and preventive interventions. However, the successful testing and implementation of these interventions requires the availability of functioning health research infrastructures and increased research capacity in the affected countries, as well as willingness of affected populations to engage in research and development activities. With the aim of contributing to the achievement of this challenging goal, the European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) and the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR), have launched a joint initiative and published a Call for Proposals in March 2015. The purpose of the “Research capacity development in support of the EVD response” Call for Proposals was to build and strengthen regional, national, institutional and individual capacities to conduct high quality health research (e.g. clinical trials, operational and/or implementation research) during infectious disease outbreaks resulting in health emergencies. ENDORSE was born as an answer to this call for proposals and, more specifically, to the priority of establishing training or other capacity building activities for health care and laboratory personnel to detect and respond to infectious disease epidemics. All of its activities are supported by the joint EDCTP-TDR partnership within the framework of Horizon 2020.