NIDIAG is a project with a dual focus: fighting neglected infectious diseases and training local health professionals on research methodology.
The project aims to help clinicians on the diagnosis and management of several neglected infectious diseases, which include dreadful diseases like leishmaniasis and human African Trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness). In order to ensure valid results, NIDIAG had to rise to the challenge of developing reliable clinical research infrastructures in some of the Least Developed Countries in Africa and South Asia. These countries include DR Congo, Sudan, Mali, Cote d' Ivoire, Cambodia, Nepal and Indonesia. In each of these countries, local institutions were materially strengthened and health professionals were trained to perform clinical and research duties in accordance to international standards. In order to achieve this goal, the project developed and then translated to French or any other national language as needed almost 100 different documents (i.e. detailed guidance on how to perform a clinical, laboratory, or data management research task), and then organised repeated training workshops for the participating health care professionals.
Watch the TV interview explaining what NIDIAG does (in French).