This was a collaborative study involving the University of Sassari (Italy), University of Zimbabwe Departments of Medical Laboratory Sciences and the Veterinary Science Department, Public Health Laboratories of Zimbabwe, the
Central veterinary laboratories and the Biomedical Research and Training Institute. This is a collaborative study on the distribution of Entero- and Urogenital Pathogens in humans and animals with special interest on the
surveillance of entero- and urogenital pathogen outbreaks, their molecular epidemiology and distribution of pathogenicity inducing genes.
The study also has a reagent unit, which seeks to develop low cost reagents for use in serotyping of pathogens. To achieve its objectives, the study is made up of 5 units. Which are: Outbreak Unit, at the Harare Hospital Public
Health microbiology laboratory Archival unit, within the Biomedical Research and Training Institute Laboratories Molecular epidemiology unit, within the Central Veterinary Laboratories Pathogenicity unit, within the Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences, College of Health Sciences, University of Zimbabwe Reagent unit, with the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences, University of Zimbabwe