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TWENDE Project Launch

The European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) funded TWENDE project "Tuberculosis – working to empower the nations diagnostic effort" is off the ground. TWENDE is funded by the EDCTP2 Programme, which is supported under Horizon 2020, the European Union’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. CPAR Uganda will receive a total grant of EUR 57,812.50 (an estimated 219 million shillings) over a period of two years in order to provide expert social sciences support to the project, through its Managing Director, Norah Owaraga.

The project is a study that will research the barriers and opportunities of accelerating the uptake of successful tuberculosis diagnostics. In essence the project will explore questions of how research innovations can quickly and sustainably be translated into policy and practice - going beyond the laboratories. The project thus has a significant intent for policy advocacy that is targeted primarily towards policy makers and implementers. The government ministries of focus are those of health, finance, housing, social development and education.

How can the policy makers and implementers in government in general and in those government ministries in particular be convinced of the importance of allocating finances for the establishment and maintenance of the necessary infra structure that facilitates rapid detection and treatment of tuberculosis?

How can the policy makers and implementers in government in general and in those ministries in particular be convinced of the importance of allocating finances for the purchase of the necessary materials that are required for testing and treating tuberculosis?

What are the prevailing complex cultural attitudes, beliefs, traditions and practices that are impeding up-take of research innovations that are related to tuberculosis testing and treatment?

How can the barriers related with prevailing complex cultural attitudes, beliefs, traditions and practices that impede up-take of tuberculosis research innovations be reduced and or overcome completely?

In a manner that is intended to nurture the sense of partnership between policy making and research, the project will explore these and other similar questions.

In the TWENDE Project CPAR Uganda is in consortium with the University of St. Andrews (United Kingdom), Makerere University Kampala (Uganda), Kilimanjaro Clinical Research Institute (Tanzania), National Institute for Medical Research – Mbeya Medical Research Centre (Tanzania), Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kenya) and the East African Health Commission of the East African Community.

To read more about the TWENDE project please click on this link

 

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