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TWENDE Qualitative Research Investigation – Progress in Uganda

As of 19th June 2017, CPAR Uganda Ltd (CPAR) has so far conducted qualitative research investigations in six districts of Uganda for the European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) funded empirical research and advocacy study project code named: “Tuberculosis: Working to Empower Nations’ Diagnostic Efforts (TWENDE).”

In those six districts CPAR has conducted one-on-one interviews with a total of 30 persons, including: Resident District Commissioners, District Chairpersons, District Health Officers, Health Care Facility Administrators, Health Personnel, Tuberculosis (TB) patients or survivors and TB patients care givers.

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TWENDE Qualitative Data Collection in Progress

 

Since May 2017 Qualitative Data Investigators (QDIs) for the European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) funded Tuberculosis: Working to Empower Nations’ Diagnostic Efforts (TWENDE) research and advocacy study are actively collecting ‘new’ qualitative data – conducting interviews and focus group discussions – in Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda.

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Speech by Guest of Honour at TWENDE Launch Conference

 

By Prof. Gibson Sammy Kibiki, the Executive Secretary of the East Africa Health Research Commission (EAHRC) of the East African Community (EAC)

Dear Vice Chancellor of the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (NM-AIST), Arusha, Tanzania, Professor Burton Mwamila, it is impressive to see what you have done – three graduations and already 32 Doctors of Philosophy (PhD students) have graduated. 

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Welcome Speech: TWENDE Launch Conference

 

By Prof. Burton Lunogelo Mhamilawa Mwamila, Vice Chancellor, Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (NM-AIST), Arusha, Tanzania.

I feel greatly honoured on behalf of NM-AIST, to welcome you to our institution. NM-AIST is a very young institution which has only been operational since October 2011. Its establishment was in response to a suggestion that was made by the late Nelson Mandela and that is why the name Nelson Mandela. 

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Launch Conference Programme

 

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Tuberculosis Diagnostics; Time For Change

Ms Elizabeth Msoka (MSc) has authored this context analysis on behalf of the Kilimanjaro Clinical research Institute (KCRI). She is a postgraduate nurse trained in health system and policy research and currently runs social science studies at KCRI. She is a research nurse working at KCRI, Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre at the Department of Clinical Trial. She has training in the field of Health system and policy research and Research Management. She has been involved in several clinical and community based research which address public health problems in Tanzania including; Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), malaria and Tuberculosis.  

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Kenya’s Tuberculosis Control Efforts

 

The TWENDE Team at the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KMRI) has authored this analysis. The TWENDE Team at KMRI is led by Dr. Evans Amukoye who is also the TWENDE Country Principal Investigator for Kenya. Within KEMRI Dr. Amukoye is the Chief Research Officer and is currently acting as the Deputy Director (Research and Development). Until 2015, he was the Director for the Centre of Respiratory Diseases Research (CRDR). He has vast research experience especially in the area of paediatric health and has participated in a number of research studies and published widely in the aspects of tuberculosis. He is a founding member of the Pan African Thoracic Society and a co-editor of African journal of Respiratory Medicine. 

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Developing impact from TWENDE Research Project

The results of clinical studies published in national and international journals are generally of use only to other scientists looking at related topics.Project results and clinical data hidden in journals and reports are not easily accessed by stakeholders or the public, and seldom effect any real positive change without further support and promotion from the research group that generates them.

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Bio - Knowledge Transfer Expert

Ewan D Chirnside (BSc, PhD) is a knowledge and technology transfer professional with a solid background in the life sciences, previously a specialist in a range of respiratory viral diseases affecting thoroughbred horses racing and breeding performance. He has a BSc Hons in Microbiology from the University of Dundee (UK) and a PhD in Microbiology from the University of Kent, Canterbury (UK) for his thesis titled “The Biodegredation of carboxymethyloxysuccinate”; an industrial collaboration with Unilever.  

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Lessening the Tuberculosis Burden in Tanzania

 

Dr. Erica Sanga (MPH) has authored this context analysis on behalf of National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) – Mbeya Medical Research Centre. She is the community Outreach Coordinator for NIMR Mbeya - Medical Research Centre. She is a public health specialist and her research interests are in Public health and HIV care. She will supporting NIMR- Mbeya Medical Research Centre as the lead qualitative investigator for the Tuberculosis: Working to Empower the Nations’ Diagnostic Effort (TWENDE) study.

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