Bridging the Middle Wilderness between R&D and participants in Sub Saharan Africa

Published: April 11th 2022

Africa has for too long been left out of modern data standards and sustainably performed local research. The majority of clinical databases have historically been European and North American centric, leading to bias, efficacy and safety issues in regions such as Africa. Solving this is not just good CSR, but is good for business on all sides. A virtuous cycle is created: local goodwill and trust are generated – which leads to better, more trusted data – which leads to better health outcomes – which creates more goodwill and trust. The “Middle Wilderness” is bridged.

Are you having difficulty obtaining accurate, structured and intelligent data on the ground?

Passion is often stronger than system capabilities, with the unfortunate result that temporary technology solutions and platforms are scattered across Africa. These residual ghost structures hold little or no value to local partners and populations nor the original sponsors. Despite advances in specific verticals, these products and programs are not able to integrate in a meaningful manner to support ongoing research nor improve outcomes for patients. This is “The Middle Wilderness”.

The Sovereignty Network’s initial offer for R&D in Sub Saharan Africa is providing clinically vetted participant access with structured data for research, while simultaneously providing individual and population health data for better health outcomes.

The Sovereignty Network can save time, money and hassle for researchers needing to find suitable participants in Sub Saharan Africa that precisely fit research criteria

Quickly and efficiently obtain accurate and structured local data with capacity to collate and integrate across multiple locations, disciplines and therapeutic categories. Harness fully computable data sets through modern data standards.

Our Process

  • We first create customized surveys coded in SNOMED CT and FHIR resources, with every data point collected tailored to your research needs.
  • Access our local network of clinicians, who recruit participants to match the research criteria and help them verify and complete answers, ensuring accuracy and validity of data collected.
  • The process builds an ongoing relationships with patients, enabling follow up research with the same platform. The standards-based data structure allows for easy analysis of any changes in data points.

You can learn more by watching our video on our Africa Project. You can also get in touch with us at any time if you want to learn more about about our R&D offer.


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