A Centre of Excellence for Biomedical Research and Training In Africa
The research activities of BRTI are intended to be broad and encompass health problems 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 he region and provide opportunities for local capacity building at individual, institutional and national levels.
The 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
The laboratory provides relevant laboratory investigations of all projects encompassed in the four major BRTI units, namely Health Systems Research, Biomedical Research, Epidemiology and Veterinary Research. It also complements national diagnostic services in providing laboratory tests that are not otherwise routine but have become available within the framework of its activities, and these include HIV testing, CD4 counts, Viral loads, processing for medical bacteriology i.e. sexually transmitted infections (STIs), blood cultures, parasitology, gastro and respiratory infections.
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
The Ethics Research Unit Zimbabwe has a long history of conducting health research studies most of which are in collaboration with institutions in the sub-region, Europe and North America. The increasing collaboration in health research between industrialized and developing countries continues to cause concern regarding the potential for exploitation of human subjects in developing countries, especially in view of the ongoing need for clinical trials for anti-retroviral therapies and the treatment of opportunistic
In order to emphasize its independence, and the intention to be sustainable through financial self-support, and to be fully transparent in its financial management, the BRTI was registered as a non-profit making company in Zimbabwe, under Section 22 of the Companies Act with Directors who were committed to the aims and objectives of BRTI. Through this Act, the Directors are responsible to the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs for the financial activities of BRTI.