Leishmaniasis East Africa Platform (LEAP)
Founded: 2003, Khartoum, Sudan
60 members from over 20 institutions
The LEAP platform aims to strengthen clinical research capacity, which is lacking in part due to the remoteness and geographic spread of the patients, most of whom live in the most impoverished regions of Africa. The platform also is a base for ongoing educational cooperation between the countries in the East African region and standardization of procedures and practices within the region, as far as is possible within the confines of local regulations. LEAP evaluates, validates, and registers new treatments that address regional needs for visceral leishmaniasis.
‘The Good Clinical Practice training presented me with a chance to not only expand my knowledge and skills but also handle study participants appropriately. It is a positive step towards becoming a globally certified clinical trial expert.’
Dr Eleni Ayele, Leishmaniasis Research and Treatment Centre at the Gondar University Hospital in Ethiopia