A Center of Excellence for Biomedical Research and Training in Africa

Current Research Projects

Fiebre Study

The FIEBRE social science study, sponsored by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, aims to explore the connections between fever and antimicrobial use (AMU) in Zimbabwe, across a variety of...

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Adolescent Health Research Group

This study will be nested within an ongoing cluster randomized trial, Community based interventions to improve HIV outcomes in adolescents in Zimbabwe (CHIEDZA), which aims to improve HIV outcomes in people aged 16-25 years in Zimbabwe.

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Breathe Study

To investigate whether adjuvant treatment with azithromycin results in improvement in lung function in HIV-infected children with chronic lung disease, who are stable on antiretroviral therapy.

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HIV- Drug Resistance Genotypic Testing Services

Despite ART scale-up in low and middle-income countries (LMIC), HIV drug resistance testing by genotyping is often not available due to infrastructure requirements and cost ....

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Zimbabwe Information, Communication and Technology Project - ZIP

The goal of the proposal is to improve the Information Communication and Technology (ICT) infrastructure and provide capacity training for a cadre of ICT professionals to sustain ...

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Zimbabwe Infection and Prevention Project - ZIPCOP

WHO has prioritized infection control as one of the essential components of HIV/TB prevention, care and treatment services. However in the last ten years it has been ...

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Chiedza’s Song: growing up with HIV in Zimbabwe (2015)


Chiedza’s song tells the true story of a young woman growing up with HIV in Harare. Its message is positive. Chiedza overcomes serious illness and family rejection to get to university and find love. The film was designed with the participation of young people living with HIV in Harare, to challenge the stereo-typed images of HIV still prevalent. It is shot entirely through Chiedza’s eyes so that the audience sees what she sees and hears what she thinks. Read More


Despite the intensified use of Insecticide Residual Spraying (IRS) and Insecticide Treated Nets, parts of Zimbabwe have been experiencing a dramatic rise in numbers of malaria cases, with Manicaland experiencing one of the worst outbreaks. The BRTI, in collaboration with Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the National Institute for Health Research and the University of the Witwatersrand have established a field site in Mutasa to study different aspects of malaria and the mosquitoes responsible for its transmission.


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Our Future

With the contributions from a dedicated and professional staff complement, BRTI has achieved  20 years of continuing growth. From its inception in 1995, the BRTI has strived to become a a centre for excellence in health research and training in Africa. We are confident that the philosophy behind the formation of BRTI, that African scientists must take responsibility for improving their own working environment, was correct. We predict that, in spite of a degree of economic uncertainty in Zimbabwe, the gains that have been made during these years can be consolidated and expanded. We look forward to the future with confidence.

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