In collaboration with the Tanzania National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)

Training Activities

The Unit is implementing a programme of staff recruitment and training to build the skills and expertise needed to carry out health research, including clinical trials, conforming to Good Clinical Practice (GCP) guidelines and other international standards. In addition, the programme aims to contribute to strengthening research infrastructure and human resources by offering training in research methods, data management and analysis, and other related fields.
 
The Unit is committed to meeting these objectives and to providing a range of training opportunities to its staff, collaborators and individuals working in health research within Tanzania and the East African region.

Specific training activities include:

Distance learning students exams.

Distance Learning: MITU and colleagues from across the campus are involved in supporting staff members undertaking Distance-Learning (DL) MSc courses at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). Participation in the DL course is facilitated by our partnership in the Commonwealth Scholarships scheme. This scheme provides resources for students from the Mwanza centre and other health training institutions within Mwanza to undertake MSc in Clinical Trials, Epidemiology, Infectious Diseases, Public Health and Global Health Policy.

Accounting Software Training.

Staff Development: The Unit supports colleagues attending short courses, including training courses in finance and administration, data management, laboratory sciences, and scientific writing. Some of these courses take place in partner institutions within the East Africa region. In addition, we actively seek and support higher-level training, including MSc and PhD degree programmes, to develop the qualifications and skills of the Unit staff. MITU staff undertake significant on-the-job training and staff within all areas of the organisation have benefitted from on-going mentoring from senior staff.

GCP training session.

Specific Training Initiatives: In addition to facilitating staff on the campus to attend training, MITU has developed its own training and development initiatives. This includes providing GCP and research ethics training, workshops on setting and managing project budgets, and a three-week introduction to research methods course conducted in collaboration with NIMR and LSHTM colleagues.

THRiVE fellows with Dr Kapiga at MITU.

Training Health Researchers into Vocational Excellence in East Africa (THRiVE): MITU is a member of THRiVE, one of seven international and pan-African consortia funded by the Wellcome Trust as part of the African Institutions Initiative. This consortium builds on already existing partnerships between institutions in Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Kenya and the UK, and aims to build a critical mass of well-trained scientists capable of becoming research leaders in East Africa. Further information on THRiVE initiatives can be found on the THRiVE website, www.thrive.or.ug