With a population of over 1.3 billion people, there is a need to understand outcomes for treatments and procedures done in Africa. Clinical trial services in Africa should spark a larger interest in the healthcare sector, and for a good reason—here are four ways clinical research impacts healthcare in Africa and how it compares with the rest of the world:
Perhaps the primary reason behind clinical research is to improve patient outcomes for life-threatening yet preventable or treatable diseases. One example is the ongoing clinical research done in South Africa to find preventative measures for fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. The study tests the efficacy of Motivational Enhancement Therapy to steer expecting mothers clear of alcohol while pregnant.
Clinical research undoubtedly improves the quality of life in Africa by improving healthcare systems and finding significant discoveries. The development of medicine involves extensive research, and these are just a few of the ways clinical research has impacted healthcare on the continent.