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TWENDE Research and Policy Advocacy Project Launched


On Friday, 1st July 2016 the European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP)  funded project: “Tuberculosis: Working to Empower Nations’ Diagnostic Efforts (TWENDE)”, a research and policy advocacy project, was formally and officially launched. TWENDE was launched with a conference that was held at the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology in Arusha in Tanzania. 

The TWENDE Conference Launch attracted the interest of academics, researchers and practitioners who are interested in breaking the cycle of the tuberculosis burden in three East African countries  - Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda, in particular – countries that are among the 22 high tuberculosis disease burden countries in the World.  

Physical attendance: 

Attending the launch conference were 67 esteemed and high calibre personalities representing government departments, academic institutions, research centres, hospitals, and civil society organisation as follows:

  • East African Health Research Commission of the East African Community – Prof. Gibson Kibiki and Dr. Jean de Dieu Ngirabega.
  • Ministry of Health, Gender, Community Development, Elderly and Children of the United Republic of Tanzania – Dr. Neema Rusibamayila, Dr. Johnson Lyimo and Dr. Liberate Mleoh.
  • National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Programme of the United Republic of Tanzania – Mr. Raymond Shirima
  • National Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases Programme of the Republic of Kenya – Dr. Eunice N. Omesa.
  • University of St. Andrews, United Kingdom – Dr. Wilber Sabiiti and Dr. Ewan Chirnside.
  • National Institute of Medical Research – Mbeya Medical Research Centre of the Republic of Tanzania – Dr. Nyanda Elias Ntinginya, Dr. Leonard Maboko, Dr. Kim Mwamelo, Dr. Erica Sanga, Mr. Simeon Mwanyonga, Mr. Bariki Mtafya, and Ms. Ruth Bakuza.
  • School of biomedical Sciences of Makerere University Kampala, Uganda – Dr. Alphonse Okwera, Dr. Ethel Nankya and Mr. Mwebaza Ivan.
  • School of Public Health of Makerere University Kampala, Uganda – Prof. Christopher Garimoi Orach.
  • Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology – Prof. K. Agaba, Dr. Sauli E. Nkya, Dr. Gabriel M. Shuuma,  Mr. Mwijarubi Mafuru, Ms. Neema Mhando, Mr. Furaha Chuma, Mr. Jeremia Jackson, Ms. Irene Tesha, Eng. Judith Leo, Mr. Damas Mnbang’ali, and Ms. Never Zekeya.
  • Kilimanjaro Research Institute, Tanzania – Prof. Blandina Theophil Mmbaga, Dr. Alphonce Liyoyo, Dr. Hadija Semvua, Ms. Elizabeth Msoka, Dr. Hipolite Tarimo, Dr. Ireen Kiwelu, Mr. Kiula P. Kiula, Mr. Davis Kuchaka, Ms. Tupokigwe Jana, and Salim Semvua.
  • Kenya Medical Research Institute, Kenya – Dr. Evans Amukoye, Dr. Helen Meme, Ms. Miheso Barbra, Ms. Elizabeth Kendi, Mr. Fred Orina, Mr. James Kariuki and Videlis Nduba.
  • Kibong’oto National Tuberculosis Hospital of Tanzania – Dr. Stella Mpagama, Mr. Shabani Mziray, and Dr. Kisonga Riziki.
  • KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation, Tanzania – Dr. Jonathan Yonk.
  • RAS (Arusha, Kilimanjaro and Kigoma), Tanzania – Dr. Jacqueline Uriyo, Dr. Chonge Eona Ntulwe, Dr. Best R. Magoma and Dr. Paul Chaote.
  • Pharm Access Tanzania – Dr. Edward Chilolo.
  • Global Health Program – Tanzania HJFMRI / U.S. Military HIV Research Program / Walter Reed Program, Tanzania – Dr. Mutungi.
  • Save the Children – Dr. Sywesta Nandi.
  • Tuberculosis –ARC – Dr. Lorraine Mugambi-Nyaboga.
  • CPAR Uganda Ltd, Uganda – Ms. Norah Owaraga and Mr. Mike Ssegawa.
  • Media – Ms. Mary John Mwita of Mtarnrania Thearka, Mr. Charles Ngereza of Radio DW, Mr. Selemani Nssuya and Mr. Khalifa Mehana of Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation, and Mr. Zephania Ubwani of The Citizen.

Information on TWENDE pre and post launch, during the launch - the conference proceedings - is accessed to the World through social media and traditional media publications as follows:

Social Media:

  • CPAR Uganda Ltd website – online publication – “Speech by guest of honour at TWENDE launch conference” was shared on the CPAR Uganda Ltd face book page “Building Healthy Communities” and it achieved a reach of 6,463 people from nine countries including: Tanzania, Ghana, Ethiopia, Uganda, Nigeria, Burundi, Malawi, Kenya and Rwanda (listed in order of highest number reached).
  • CPAR Uganda Ltd website – online publication – “TWENDE launch conference programme” was shared on the CPAR Uganda Ltd face book page “Building Healthy Communities” and it achieved a reach of 11,176 people from 10 countries including: Tanzania, Ghana, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya, Burundi, Malawi, Rwanda and South Africa (listed in order of highest number reached).
  • CPAR Uganda Ltd website – online publication – “Breaking the cycle of Uganda’s tuberculosis burden” was shared on the CPAR Uganda Ltd face book page “Building Healthy Communities” and it achieved a reach of 15,778 people from nine countries including: Tanzania, Ethiopia, Ghana, Uganda, Burundi, Nigeria, Kenya, Malawi and Rwanda (listed in order of highest number reached).
  • #TWENDE  – tweets from conference participants and others were consolidated on the twitter hash tag #TWENDE - loads of tweets on 1st July 2016, a few prior and a few have been posted post conference. The tweets from the conference were also streamed live on the CPAR Uganda Ltd website and are still archived on the site for posterity.

Traditional Media:


  • TWENDE sub-site on CPAR Uganda Ltd website – online publication – there was significant traffic – hits – to the articles posted on the TWENDE sub-site as follows:
    • Breaking the cycle of Uganda’s tuberculosis burden – 869 hits
    • Bio – social scientist – 501 hits
    • Poverty sustains tuberculosis – 395 hits
    • Lessening the tuberculosis burden in Tanzania – 369 hits
    • University of St. Andrews approves TWENDE – 310 hits
    • Consortium partners – 267 hits
    • Bio – lead researcher – 260 hits
    • Bio – knowledge transfer expert – 215 hits
    • Launch conference programme – 197 hits
    • Speech by Guest of Honour at TWENDE Launch Conference – 177 hits
    • Launch conference – tentative programme – 174 hits
    • Profile – lead researchers – 172 hits
    • Tuberculosis diagnostics: time for change – 150 hits
    • Developing impact from TWENDE research project – 148 hits
    • Welcome speech: TWENDE Launch Conference – 120 hits
    • Kenya’s tuberculosis control efforts – 110 hits
    • Live stream (of conference proceedings) – 102 hits

This report was prepared by Norah Owaraga, CPAR Uganda Ltd Managing Director and also the Social Scientist for the TWENDE Project. 


Tuberculosis: Working to Empower the Nations’ Diagnostic Efforts (TWENDE)
Disclaimer: This is among the products of the TWENDE project that is part of the EDCTP2 programme supported by the European Union.  Whereas, the EDCTP Association and the European Union provided funding for the TWENDE Project, the views herein expressed are not necessarily those of the EDCTP Association or those of the European Union.



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