- IFPMA member companies are engaged in a large number of capacity building programs, covering a wide range of activities in many developing countries. Details can be found in the IFPMA’s Developing World Health Partnerships Directory, which lists 122 capacity building projects (http://www.ifpma.org/resources/partnerships-directory.html).
- IFPMA is proud to be a partner of TDR in the Clinical Research and Development Fellowships, helping to place developing world researchers on 12-month Fellowships in IFPMA member companies.
The Special Program for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) is a global program of scientific collaboration that helps coordinate, support and influence global efforts to combat a portfolio of major diseases of the poor and disadvantaged. Established in 1975, TDR is based at and executed by the World Health Organization (WHO), and is sponsored by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the World Bank and WHO.
TDR established its Career Development Fellowship on Clinical Research & Development in 2009. Successful candidates are seconded to leading pharmaceutical companies in order to to develop their clinical trial management skills. Each of the qualified professionals accepted as a Fellow trains for 12 months on location at a facility of their hosting company’s, in order to develop specialized skills not readily taught in academic centres, including research and development (R&D) project management, regulatory requirements and clinical good practice. Upon completing their Fellowships, the individuals are expected to return to their home institute and assume a leading role in the global effort on R&D for infectious diseases, thereby enhancing developing country product development capacity on diagnostics, drugs and vaccines for the diseases that disproportionately affect poor and marginalized populations.
The IFPMA coordinates the industry’s participation, inviting member companies to take Fellows on one-year placements. The Fellowship is a key component of the industry’s efforts to contribute to capacity building in the developing world, addressing the shortage of specialist skills in poorer countries. By summer 2011, IFPMA member companies had taken or committed to take 19 Fellows.
Capacity building is the process through which individuals, organizations and societies obtain, strengthen and maintain their capabilities to support development. In practice it encompasses human resources development, institutional development, and the creation of appropriate policy and legal frameworks.