Sunday, May 29, 2022
The Human Heredity and Health in Africa (H3Africa) consortium empowers African researchers to be competitive in genomic sciences, establishes and nurtures effective collaborations among African researchers on the African continent, and generates unique data that could be used to improve both African and global health. The initiative consists of 51 African projects that include population-based genomic studies of common, non-communicable disorders such as heart and renal disease, as well as communicable diseases such as tuberculosis. These studies are led by African scientists and use genetic, clinical, and epidemiologic methods to identify hereditary and environmental contributions to health and disease. To establish a foundation for African scientists to continue this essential work in the future, the consortium also supports many crucial capacity-building elements, such as ethical, legal, and social implications research; training and capacity building for bioinformatics; capacity for biobanking; and coordination and networking.