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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 (https://www.lshtm.ac.uk/) , Liverpool School of Tropical MedicineBarcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), Universities of Oxford and OtagoCentro de Investigacao em Saude de Manhica,  Lao-Oxford-Mahosot Hospital-Wellcome Trust Research UnitMalawi-Liverpool Wellcome Trust Research Programme and the Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit

The event was attended by representatives from all aspects of the study – laboratory, technical, data, clinical, microbiology and social science. It included visits to the sites where the study is taking place: Budiriro polyclinic; Chitungwiza General Hospital and Harare Central Hospital,  and to the BRTI facilities. This provided a valuable opportunity to meet the teams and see how the study proceeds from the initial enrolment of patients, through data input, to the samples being tested at the laboratory.

For more information about the event and details of the study see the FIEBRE website (https://www.lshtm.ac.uk/research/centres-projects-groups/fiebre#welcome).

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