A center for excellence for health-related research and training in Africa 

Our Mission is to promote the health and quality of life of the peoples of Africa through research and training in the field of biomedicine.

The institute emphasises the need to establish and maintain the highest levels of quality, professionalism, ethical standards and efficiency in its activities, and publishes these webpages in a spirit of openness and transparency.

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 recognised 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 and national levels. During the last 20 years, the BRTI has been responsible for the conduct of more than 100 internationally funded research studies categorised as below:


Health Systems Strengthening

Health System strengthening is a key thematic area at the BRTI and is led by the Centre for International Health and Policy department. 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.


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. Nation-wide prospective studies that advance our understanding, survival and long-term survivorship and inform prevention and control programs, policies and guidelines.


Social Sciences

Social sciences research is a key focus area at the Biomedical Research and Training Institute and the Centre for International Health and Policy 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 population groups, most affected by lack of access to health.

Laboratory Services

The BRTI laboratory is registered with Health Professions Council and also accredited for ISO 15189 standards of operation. For quality assurance, the lab 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

Molecular Diagnostics

This is a cross cutting unit, in which molecular assays are being done for detection, quantification of Viral loads, detection of Anti Retro Viral resistance (ARV)  HIV genes, due to mutations that may be developed due to poor treatment adherence among other factors and subsequent sequencing for the specific resistance mutational changes.

TB Diagnostics

TB laboratory which was housed at the National Microbiology Reference Laboratory (NMRL) through an MOU with MoHCC to carry out capacity building of the NMRL personnel and eventually set up the country’s second National TB laboratory.  Through this MoU BRTI was responsible for the running of a Bio-Safety Category 3 TB laboratory in….


General Microbiology lab which process culture, identification and drug sensitivity testing of bacterial diseases and also does parasitology and mycology. National surveys on aetiology of STIs have been evaluated. Research studies to carry out Microbiome analysis are underway. Activities include- Culture and….


The fourth department is the Serology, cell culture and immunology laboratory which performs immunological investigations including ELISPOT assay, serum and or cell storage preparation for future serological or genetic work.


BRTI owns stored sera, DNA, Drug resistant TB isolates etc, which is a foot into the preparation for Bio-banking for genetic work.  This however requires the continued service and insurance of upgrading of the equipment such as -20 to -80oC freezers and…

ICASA 2015 Conference

Dr Munyati presenting at the ICASA 2015 conference held in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Training Workshop

Trainees from the University of Zimbabwe department of Economic History after receiving their certificates of attendance from BRTI.

Community Based ART project

CBART project staff during an outreach site visit in Chiroti Village MAshonaland West Province in Zimbabwe.

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10 Seagrave Road, Avondale, Harare, Zimbabwe