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Introduction to the ALERRT project


  • ALERRT (African coaLition for Epidemic Research, Response and Training) aims to reduce the public health and socio-economic impact of disease outbreaks in Sub Saharan Africa (SSA) by building a sustainable clinical and laboratory research preparedness and response network.
  • ALERRT consists of 21 partner organisations from 13 countries (4 European and 9 African).
  • ALERRT has been awarded a five-year grant from EDCTP starting on 01 December 2017


  1. To establish a clinical research network that can design and rapidly implement ICH-compliant, high quality, large-scale, multi-site clinical studies in preparation for and response to outbreaks in SSA.
  2. To establish a laboratory network with the capabilities to provide integrated support to clinical research in preparation for and response to outbreaks in SSA.
  3. To develop and implement a scalable, GCP-compliant, robust data management/ICT infrastructure suitable for resource-poor settings in SSA.
  4. To establish a ‘response framework’ that alleviates administrative, regulatory and ethical bottlenecks and ensures ALERRT can act swiftly to initiate research.
  5. To enhance and maintain the operational research capacity of the ALERRT network by developing and implementing a training and capacity development programme.
  6. To ensure that the actions of the network are relevant to, accepted and supported by local communities and that the results of the networks’ efforts have a sustainable impact on health through improved clinical practice and public health policy.
  7. To establish ALERRT as a sustainable SSA network that is linked to international networks and that synergises with, and contributes to, global health-security efforts.

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