Eastern Mediterranean Regional Training Centre selected
The Institut Pasteur de Tunis in Tunis, Tunisia, has been selected to be the Eastern Mediterranean Regional Training Centre supported by TDR. This is the sixth and final centre to be chosen for the TDR network, which is designed to expand and coordinate training courses across multiple countries, leading to improved use of health interventions.
TDR Director John Reeder visited the site as part of the review process. “It feels great to be completing this network, which will not only provide expanded training in this region, but also support the other 5 regions so that they learn from each other. The Tunis centre is a valuable partner in this growing shared knowledge base.”
Dr Hechmi Louzir, Director of the Institute Pasteur in Tunis (IPT), said, “We’re looking forward to sharing knowledge in our region and worldwide, and having this designation helps build solid science and real field experience.”
Three major training programmes will be provided:
Ethics: Adapting and using the World Health Organization’s training on ethics for the Tunisian environment, and, in collaboration with the Western Pacific Regional Training Centre in the Philippines, improving the skills of the Tunis Institutional Review Board.
Good health research practice: Training trainers and researchers with the TDR good clinical practice (for both inside and outside clinical trials) and good clinical laboratory practice courses, as well as the Good Health Research Practice course developed jointly with the other regional training centres.
Implementation research: Beginning implementation research courses using the TDR implementation research toolkit, and working with TDR and others to develop a massive open online course (MOOC) on implementation research focused on infectious diseases of poverty.
The Institut Pasteur de Tunis is a national public health institution under the guardianship of the Ministry of Health and officially affiliated to the University of Tunis El Manar (UTM). It is mandated to carry out all inquiries, missions, analyses and research activities pertaining to human and animal health. IPT produces vaccines, sera, and antigens for the local needs and contributes to higher education at both the national and regional level.
All regional training centres (RTCs) are brought together for joint planning and sharing, and expected to provide training for each other as well as for university and other academic facilities throughout their regions.