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HomeARM ARTICLESGroundbreaking Initiative: African Scientists Secure $7.2M for TB and Malaria Research

Groundbreaking Initiative: African Scientists Secure $7.2M for TB and Malaria Research

In a monumental stride towards combating tuberculosis (TB) and malaria, a consortium of African scientists has secured a groundbreaking US$7.2 million investment from LifeArc and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. This substantial funding injection will drive forward the Grand Challenges Africa Drug Discovery Accelerator Programme (GC ADDA), marking a pivotal moment in the continent’s contribution to global health initiatives.

Addressing Critical Health Challenges

Malaria and TB stand as formidable adversaries to public health in Africa, claiming the lives of nearly one million individuals annually. Despite strides made in combating these diseases, the emergence of drug-resistant strains underscores the urgent need for innovative solutions. With malaria cases on the rise and TB presenting multidrug-resistant forms, the imperative for novel treatments becomes increasingly pressing.

The GC ADDA Initiative

The Grand Challenges Africa Drug Discovery Accelerator Programme (GC ADDA) embodies a concerted effort to propel drug discovery projects forward in Africa while fostering a collaborative network of scientific expertise. By pooling resources and expertise, the initiative aims to advance global health agendas while empowering African researchers to lead the charge against endemic diseases.

Leadership in Drug Discovery

At the forefront of malaria drug discovery efforts are Dr. Richard Amewu from the University of Ghana and Prof. Lyn-Marié Birkholtz from the University of Pretoria. Their pioneering work seeks to harness existing knowledge and capacities to develop innovative antimalarial drugs tailored to African contexts. Supported by a network of esteemed scientists across the continent, including Prof. Fabrice Boyom in Cameroon and Prof. Amanda Rousseau in South Africa, this collaborative effort epitomizes the spirit of collective action in scientific innovation.

Tackling Multidrug-Resistant TB

In the battle against multidrug-resistant TB, Prof. Erick Strauss of Stellenbosch University leads a multidisciplinary team dedicated to exploring uncharted avenues in drug discovery. Their endeavor, complemented by partnerships with institutions such as Rhodes University and the University of KwaZulu-Natal, underscores the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration in addressing complex health challenges.

Fostering Scientific Excellence

The Pan Africa DMPK Centre of Excellence, under the guidance of Professor Collen Masimirembwa, serves as a cornerstone of support for both malaria and TB research endeavors. Additionally, Dr. Fidele Ntie-Kang’s initiative to screen natural products for disease-fighting potential exemplifies Africa’s rich reservoir of biodiversity as a source of therapeutic innovation.

A Milestone in African Science

The grant represents a significant milestone in Africa’s scientific landscape, signaling a paradigm shift towards self-reliance and innovation in addressing pressing health concerns. Through strategic partnerships and collaborative frameworks, African scientists are poised to redefine the trajectory of drug discovery on the continent.


As African scientists embark on this transformative journey, their efforts underscore the profound impact of localized solutions in combating global health challenges. With unwavering dedication and collective resolve, the GC ADDA initiative heralds a new era of scientific innovation and progress in Africa’s fight against TB and malaria.

Cite this article as (APA format):

AR Managing Editor (2024). Groundbreaking Initiative: African Scientists Secure $7.2M for TB and Malaria Research. Retrieved from https://www.africanresearchers.org/groundbreaking-initiative-african-scientists-secure-7-2m-for-tb-and-malaria-research/


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