Are intended to be broad & encompass health problems that are recognized as priority areas for research in the region. All kinds of research may receive BRTI support, provided that research activities adhere to national & international ethical principles, are relevant to health problems of the region & provide opportunities for local capacity building at individual, institutional & national levels.


The last 20 years the BRTI has been responsible for the conduct of more than 80 internationally funded research studies.

Clinical trials

Clinical trials of treatments for shigellosis, tuberculosis and HIV management

Epidemiological studies

Epidemiological studies of HIV, arboviral disease, avian influenza, rickettsial infections, malaria, tuberculosis and sexually transmitted diseases

Genetic and Molecular studies

Genetic and Molecular studies in infectious disease, including genotyping, molecular epidemiology and research into the emergence and spread of resistance

Clinical studies

Clinical studies of meningitis, childhood pneumonia, pulmonary infections, HIV in adolescents and HIV co-infections

Diagnostic evaluations

Diagnostic evaluations for sexually transmitted infections, tuberculosis, malaria, maternally transmitted HIV and new technologies to quantify CD4 cells, and covering qualitative, quantitative and operational studies.


Health systems research

Health systems research, including health policy research and research on health financing and human resources for health


Community studies of HIV

Community studies of HIV, child health, nutrition, psycho-social problems and educational opportunities for OVC


Qualitative research

Qualitative research on diagnostics and ethical issues in health research

Laboratory studies

Laboratory studies on cholera and other enteric diseases as well as sexually transmitted infections and antibiotic resistance


These studies have received funding from a variety of international agencies including the Wellcome Trust, the European Community and the European Developing Country Clinical Trials Partnership, the National Institutes of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Kellogg Foundation, the UK Department for International Development, the Royal Netherlands Embassy, the World Health Organisation, the International Atomic Energy Agency UNAIDS, UNFPA, UNICEF, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, Plan International.

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