Top 5 Areas of Clinical Research in Africa

Article By Aleena Maryal IN Clinical Trials - 4th May, 2022

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In the last five years, we have seen a great number of clinical trials surrounding the following research topics in Africa. Large numbers of trials and research have been performed in Egypt, South Africa, Uganda and Kenya. The top areas of research include:

  1. Infectious Disease 
    • Malnutrition is one of the biggest contributors to these infectious killers. These diseases include HIV/AIDS, Malaria, tuberculosis and respiratory infections. Though there have been numerous clinical research done for these killer diseases, it’s not been successful enough to give the right treatments and medicine.
  2. Central Nervous System 
    • Over the past decade, Africa has seen a 306% increase in the number of clinical trials for the Central Nervous System.
  3. Women’s Health 
    • Due to gender inequity, poverty, lack of education and more, there has always been a lack of clinical trials in women’s health. One of the biggest research focuses is on women’s infertility studies.
  4. Cardiovascular 
    • Africa is home to more than a billion who suffer from Cardiovascular disease (CVD) and is one of the biggest contributors globally. Most deaths take place in low and middle-income countries. Some of the behavioral risk factors include tobacco, obesity, unhealthy diets, physical inactivity and more.
  5. Oncology 
    • Cancer burden seems to be increasing rapidly in Africa. More than 60% of new cancer cases diagnosed annually occur in Africa, Asia, and Central and South America. Approximately only 109 Oncology clinical trials have been identified throughout Africa.

As Covid has started to slow down, a lot of clinical trials and researchers are resuming their work. Finding treatments for these kinds of diseases and viruses takes years to complete. Infiuss has created a remote platform to decentralize access to research in Africa. Bridging the clinical researcher’s gap by connecting researchers to hundreds of millions of Africans eligible for these studies. Through a direct-to-patient approach, the goal is to decentralize clinical trials through a unified platform.

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