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TWENDE Receives Approval in Tanzania


The Government of the United Republic of Tanzania (GoT) has given the research project: “Tuberculosis Working to Empower Nations’ Diagnostic Efforts (TWENDE)” a “Clearance Certificate for Conducting Medical Research in Tanzania”  

Dr. Mwelecele N. Malecela – Chairperson Medical Research Coordinating Committee of the GoT and Prof. Muhammad Bakari Kambi – Chief Medical Officer of the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children of the GoT, in a letter dated 11th October 2016, communicated to the TWENDE Principal Investigator for Tanzania the GoT’s decision granting TWENDE ethical clearance and therefore permission to conduct the TWENDE study in Tanzania.

Dr. Nyanda Elias Ntinginya of the Mbeya Medical Research Centre of the National Institute for Medical Research of Tanzania is the TWENDE Principal Investigator for Tanzania; and Prof. Blandina Mmbaga of the Kilimanjaro Clinical Research Institute is the Co-Principal Investigator for Tanzania - taking the lead in the Northern part of Tanzania. 

Ms. Norah Owaraga is the TWENDE Social Scientist and she will support the TWENDE Tanzania Team as an advisor for the qualitative data collection, processing and analysis. Dr. Wilber Sabiiti is the TWENDE Team Leader.

TWENDE is an East Africa wide project and it has received ethical approvals to be conducted in Kenya and as well as in Uganda

The East African Community (EAC) has as well endorsed TWENDE, praising it for being timely and relevant for the region. Speaking at the formal TWENDE Launch, on behalf of the EAC Secretary General, Prof. Gibson Sammy Kibiki, Executive Secretary of the East Africa Health Research Commission (EAHRC) of the EAC lauded TWENDE:

 “TWENDE’s vision to bring together researchers and policy makers and implementers to accelerate implementation and to increase accessibility of tuberculosis diagnostics for patients in the region is a highly welcome initiative to the EAC. TWENDE will receive the support to achieve the objectives that TWENDE has set.”

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Photo Credit: TWENDE Researchers strategize during the TWENDE Knowledge Transfer Workshop in Arusha in Tanzania. The photo was taken by Ms. Norah Owaraga.


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