As we make progress on our priorities, let’s strengthen coordination
As we begin 2023, I would like to wish an excellent year to each of our members and much success for our endeavors together. Looking at our funders’ alliance today, I see clear signs that we are making progress on many of GloPID-R’s key priorities.
As most of you know, the GloPID-R Secretariat is in the midst of a period of transition and growth. With the renewed support of the European Commission through to the end of 2025, the transfer to the Charité Center for Global Health (Universitätsmedizin Berlin) is in full swing. At the same time, GloPID-R’s Research & Policy Team based at the University of Oxford’s Pandemic Sciences Institute is expanding to drive the development of Pandemic PACT and to continue providing scientific and policy support for our members and activities.
The year ahead will be an important one for the roll-out of GloPID-R’s regional hub strategy. As a Senior Director at the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC), I am proud to be working with my team alongside the GloPID-R Secretariat to establish the African Regional Hub. To fund the first 12 months of this new hub, GloPID-R received an EDCTP (European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership) grant funded by the UK Department of Health and Social Care. In September 2022, we were delighted to host members of the GloPID-R Research & Policy Team and Central Secretariat who travelled to Cape Town for a successful initial meeting. Today we are taking steps to translate our strategy into action. A regional advisory group of GloPID-R members on the African continent is being established, and we are planning the official kick-off meeting for August 2023.