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German-African networks target poverty and tropical disease

Five networks of German and African researchers have won support of €50 million from Germany's federal education ministry.

The five networks, chosen from 70 applications, will all be coordinated by African scientists. Researchers will focus on poverty alleviation and ways to improve the African health system to tackle tuberculosis, HIV/Aids, neglected tropical diseases, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.

“We can only solve urgent problems in global health through international cooperation,” said Johanna Wanka, Germany’s research minister. “In the long term, this is about breaking the vicious circle of poverty and disease through research."

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