A Centre of Excellence for Biomedical Research and Training In Africa

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Our Laboratory

The BRTI laboratory is registered with Health Professions Council and also accredited for ISO 15189 standards of operation. For Quality assurance, the laboratory subscribes to both the Zimbabwe National Quality Assurance Programme (ZINQAP) and several External Quality Assurance schemes which include, College of American Pathologist (CAP), Medical Research Council (MRC) of South Africa, National Health Laboratory Services (NHLS) of South Africa, and INSTAND in Germany. The laboratory also demonstrate required competence for AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG) protocols and has a DAIDS certificate. The BRTI laboratory has five main departments…Read More…




Research Focus Areas

The research activities of BRTI are intended to be broad and encompass health problems (in both medical and veterinary fields) 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 and international ethical principles are relevant to health problems of the region and provide opportunities for local capacity building at individual, institutional and national levels. During the last 20 years, the BRTI has been responsible for the conduct of more than 100 internationally funded research studies categorized as below;

Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are research studies that explore whether a medical strategy, treatment, or device is safe and effective for humans. These studies also may show which medical approaches work best for certain illnesses or groups of people. Clinical trials produce the best data available for health care decision making.


The Epidemiology Research Program seeks to reduce the HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria and other infectious diseases burden by conducting large, nationwide prospective studies that advance our understanding, survival and long-term survivorship and inform prevention and control programs, policies and guidelines.

Social Sciences

Social science research is a key focus area at the Biomedical Research and Training Institute (BRTI) and the Centre for International Health and Policy (CIHP) department leads research in this area. Social science research involves systematic analyses social and behavioural attributes in public health to generate evidence based interventions for specific populations groups, most affected by lack of access to health.

Health Systems Strengthening

Health system strengthening is a key thematic research area at the Biomedical Research and Training Institute (BRTI) and is led by the Centre for International Health and Policy (CIHP). Such research evolves around health systems to generate evidence that contributes to policies and initiatives for strengthening and improving health system performance for low and middle income countries (LMIC).

Training and Capacity Development

BRTI does not provide academic courses – this is the function of universities and colleges in the region. However, the BRTI does commit to assisting scientists in Zimbabwe and the region to acquire skills to enable them to compete effectively in the international scientific community. To achieve this goal, the BRTI has since its founding been responsible for the design and delivery of appropriate training courses to develop research capacity in specific areas. Read More…


Quality Management Systems (ISO15189 Certified)

Through the visionary efforts of Dr. Junior Mutsvangwa, Senior Research Scientist, with support of the late legendary BRTI Director General, Prof. Peter Mason, and the subsequent drive by the vibrant Quality Systems Manager (QSM)/Senior Scientist, Dr. Agness Farai Nhidza-Manjoro, BRTI was granted accreditation to ISO15189 effective 30 March 2015 through the joint partnership of SADCAS and SANAS, Accreditation number- MED009. Dr. Manjoro is currently heading the BRTI ISO department and is also the SADCAS focal person.

News Updates

GPS & GIS Training Workshop

A Tool For Analyzing, Mapping and Visualizing Health Data and Information

Course Dates: 4th to 8th of Feb. 2018

The importance and potential uses of Geographic Information System (GIS) and modern technologies in any organization cannot be under-emphasized, particularly looking at the rate at which technological advancements are progressing.



The ICOHRTA grant enabled the BRTI to develop a cohesive training program on essential skills needed by a researcher to be able to contribute to science at an international level. The training program was directed at a variety of targets, with a focus on postgraduate students, but including also faculty at academic institutions, researchers at national and non-governmental research