Regional Training Centres

TDR supports 6 Regional Training Centres - one in each of the WHO regions. These centres coordinate training courses across multiple countries, forming a network that includes satellite centres that fosters learning and collaboration not only within their respective regions but also among each other. Together, they are also developing a massive open online course (MOOC on implementation research around infectious diseases of poverty as well as a basic course on the principles of this type of research.

The Centro Internacional de Entrenamiento e Investigaciones Médicas (CIDEIM) in Cali, Colombia brings to the network of RTCs special expertise in project planning and management. Through a previous collaboration with TDR, CIDEIM adopted a project management course developed by TDR to train its own scientists, the Effective Project Planning and Evaluation training course (EPPE). The course was later translated into Spanish and made available online, along with a train-the-trainer programme and manuals, allowing for its dissemination to other academic institutions. Building on that work, CIDEIM now sends trainers to neighbouring countries to set up the course and train trainers. Course participants are supported by their institutions or, in some cases, the Pan American Health Organization.

The University of Ghana School of Public Health (UGSPH) provides implementation research training and has experienced faculty and the necessary physical and technologic infrastructure, as well as regional and global partnerships to support research and project management training. Professor Richard Adanu, Dean of the University of Ghana School of Public Health, said, “We are committed to advancing research and training as a key tool for controlling communicable and non-communicable diseases, alleviating poverty and promoting development in the WHO Africa region.”

Indonesia’s Gadjah Mada University (GMU) has spearheaded a collective RTC effort to build a course on good health research practice. “We developed our good health research practice activities with input from other RTCs,” says Dr Yodi Mahendrata, director of GMU’s Center for Health Services Management. “And we continue to communicate with one another on a regular basis.” GMU also leads courses in good clinical laboratory practice, implementation research, and research leadership, and offers workshops in other areas of Indonesia and Bangladesh.

Astana Medical University (AMU) is one of Kazakhstan’s leading centers of health education. It joined the TDR network in 2010 with a specialization in research ethics, and also provides short courses on Effective Project Planning and Evaluation, good clinical practice in clinical trials and good clinical laboratory practice. According to Dr Bakhyt Sarymsakova, head of tthis regional training centre, the latter two were developed in collaboration with the Centre in Cali, Colombia. “We also collaborated with the RTC in Indonesia to develop a course on good health research practices,” she says, adding that AMU, in turn, held a training to develop a course on this topic for scientists throughout the European Region.

The Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) has held numerous short courses in Good Clinical Practice, research proposal writing, scientific paper writing and biosafety. Work is now underway to standardize these courses as well as to develop core curricula and training modules for targeted audiences, including courses on GCLP and EPPE and, in collaboration with the WHO office of the Western Pacific Region, on research ethics and analysis of surveillance data. “Teams from RITM and East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center are working on each of these courses, and those individuals — 17 in total — will also be course facilitators,” said Effie Espino, head of the Department of Parasitology at RITM and RTC coordinator.

  • Institut Pasteur de Tunis
    Tunis, Tunisia
    with expertise in ethics, good health research practice and implementation research
    Eastern Mediterranean Region

A national public health institution, Institut Pasteur de Tunis (IPT) is the RTC for the Eastern Mediterranean and provides training programmes in ethics, good health research practice, and implementation research. The centre will also use the Good Health Research Practice course developed jointly with other RTCs to train trainers and researchers.