Regulatory Capacity Strengthening in Africa-2017
African research partners consistently state the need to strengthen national regulatory and research facilities. This need is echoed in national frameworks and strategies related to HIV/AIDS and health research. While IAVI/partner commitment to health research capacity building has remained consistent, more recently it has focused on nationally- and regionally- defined research- and regulatory-strengthening initiatives to increase country ownership and commitment to health research.
Moving forward, IAVI and its partners remain committed to supporting locally defined and country-owned plans to strengthen regulatory and ethics bodies. This work will continue to improve their capacity to effectively review HIV vaccine research submissions, ensure adequate national and regional policy frameworks to effectively and efficiently review HIV vaccine research submissions, and support nationally and regionally defined regulatory/ethics strengthening initiatives. Such investments advance HIV vaccine research and development while strengthening local health research overall.