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Calls for Research Proposals into NCDs in Ghana, Sub-Saharan Africa

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GlaxoSmithKline has announced a third call for research proposals from outstanding African scientists based in research institutions or universities in Cameroon, Côte D’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, The Gambia, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Uganda, Senegal or Tanzania.

This is the third call for proposals and forms part of the Africa Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) Open Lab last week, strengthening the company’s commitment to much-needed scientific research into NCDs.

The pharma group, says the Africa NCD Open Lab is part of a series of investments GSK is making across Sub-Saharan Africa. The Open Lab, launched in 2014, aims to work in partnership with African researchers and academic groups to conduct research into NCDs such as cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and chronic respiratory diseases.

NCDs were estimated to account for over one third (42%) of total deaths in Ghana in 2014, and across the country the probability of dying at a young age (between age 30 and 70 years) from an NCD is 27%.

NCDs cause over half of all reported adult deaths in some African countries, suggesting that NCDs could become a leading cause of health issues, disability andpremature death.

The third call for research proposals to address these growing challenges is open from 7th November 2016 until 12th January 2017 and successful applicants will be awarded £100,000 for up to two years, along with scientific support from GSK.It is hoped that the vital research conducted by scientists across the continent will improve the understanding of NCDs, and inform best practice prevention and treatment strategies.

Marie-Jose Pokou, Regional Medical Director for GSK in West & Central Africa, said “Whilst huge progress has been made in recent years to understand and combat infectious diseases, more work needs to be done to tackle the growing health concern presented by NCDs in Ghana and across Sub-Saharan Africa. When an issue is better understood it can be more effectively tackled. By collaborating with our research network across Africa through the Open Lab, Ghanaian scientists can work to vastly improve our understanding of NCDs in Ghana and beyond.”

Dr. Mike Strange, Vice President and Head of Africa NCD Open Lab, said: “GSK is committed to tackling the huge burden that NCDs place on patients, communities and health systems in Ghana and across sub-Saharan Africa. The Open Lab supports our efforts to address these challenges. I encourage scientists to consider applying for the funding and support that the programme offers and work to help us better understand NCDs across Africa.”

Information on submitting a proposal can be found on the website here

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