A Center of Excellence for Biomedical Research and Training in Africa

Current Research Projects




ReBUILD started in 2011 focusing on two of the six WHO health systems building blocks, health financing and Human Resources for Health. The project was funded by the Department for International Development (DFID), United Kingdom. In Zimbabwe five sub- studies were carried out.

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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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Fiebre Study

FIEBRE is a multi-disciplinary project, led by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, that is investigating the leading causes of fever in children and adults attending primary care health services and those admitted to district hospitals in Laos, Malawi, Mozambique

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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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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.



The 18th edition of ICASA, the International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA), took place in Harare 2015, where the World Health Organization tabled new Anti Retroviral Therapy guidelines, designed to help the countries meet the ambitious 90-90-90 treatment target to help end the AIDS epidemic target by 2020


The Biomedical Training and Research Institute (BRTI) hosted the second FIEBRE (https://www.lshtm.ac.uk/research/centres-projects-groups/fiebre#welcome) Annual co-investigators meeting in Zimbabwe from 3 - 6 December 2018. World-leading fever experts were involved in the meeting contributing to the discussions and plans for the study going forward.

Over 40 team members of the partner organisations attended the meeting including London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine 


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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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