NIPD and ANDI Signed a Cooperation Agreement to Jointly Develop the Diagnostic Products of Tropical Diseases

Kick-off meeting for the project of “Development of easy to use and affordable biomarkers as diagnostics for Types II and III diseases” and the first technical coordination meeting had been convened in Lagos, Nigeria during 24 to 26 February 2016. On behalf of the National Institute of Parasitic Diseases (NIPD), China CDC, Prof. Zhou Xiaonong signed a project cooperation agreement with Dr. Solomon Nwaka, Executive Director of African drug and diagnostic innovation network (ANDI), in the aim to help African partners with the development of the diagnostic products of tropical disease, to further expand the influence of the NIPD in the field of tropical diseases in Africa. The research project was jointly filed by ANDI with CNDI. It’s not only one of the first batch of four new research and development mechanism demonstration projects of WHO, but also a demonstration project of innovation mechanism in South-South cooperation research. Moreover, it had met with approval of the Executive Committee of the WHO in 2015.