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Poverty-Related Diseases College: a virtual African-European network to build research capacity
  1. Thomas P C Dorlo1,2,
  2. Carmen Fernández3,
  3. Marita Troye-Blomberg3,
  4. Peter J de Vries4,
  5. Diana Boraschi5,
  6. Wilfred F Mbacham6
  7. on behalf of the Poverty-Related Diseases College consortium
  1. 1Division Pharmacoepidemiology & Clinical Pharmacology, Utrecht Institute for Pharmaceutical Sciences, Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands
  2. 2Department of Pharmaceutical Biosciences, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden
  3. 3Department of Molecular Biosciences, The Wenner-Gren Institute, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden
  4. 4Department of Internal Medicine, Tergooi Hospital, Hilversum, The Netherlands
  5. 5Institute of Protein Biochemistry, National Research Council, Napoli, Italy
  6. 6Department of Biochemistry & Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Yaoundé I, Cameroon
  1. Correspondence to Professor Wilfred F Mbacham; wfmbacham{at}


The Poverty-Related Diseases College was a virtual African-European college and network that connected young African and European biomedical scientists working on poverty-related diseases. The aim of the Poverty-Related Diseases College was to build sustainable scientific capacity and international networks in poverty-related biomedical research in the context of the development of Africa. The Poverty-Related Diseases College consisted of three elective and mandatory training modules followed by a reality check in Africa and a science exchange in either Europe or the USA. In this analysis paper, we present our experience and evaluation, discuss the strengths and encountered weaknesses of the programme, and provide recommendations to policymakers and funders.

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