The WANETAM network, was established in 2009 and has to date brought together scientists from Anglophone, Francophone and Lusophone countries in West Africa. The aim of WANETAM is to provide capacity building and transfer technology to prepare network members for the successful conduct of clinical trials, a major weakness in sub Saharan Africa.
In 2020, with support from EDCTP, WANETAM established a gender-sensitive capacity-building platform for clinical research in West Africa – the TALENT Fellowship Program. This initiative aims to support the development of world-class, technically competent, and multi-disciplinary women scientists. The goal is to empower them to advance clinical and laboratory research on endemic and emerging infectious diseases, including Tuberculosis, AIDS, malaria, and COVID-19, in Sub-Saharan Africa.