SORT IT operational research fellows from India, Benin and Zimbabwe awarded PhDs

TDR news item
8 May 2019

Three alumni of TDR’s Structured Operational Research Training IniTiative (SORT IT) course have been awarded doctorates from the University of Radboud, Nijmegen, in the Netherlands. SORT IT aims to build sustainable capacity to conduct and publish operational research on a broad range of public health topics.

Ajay Kumar from India (Director of The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease’s Centre for Operational Research), Serge Ade from Benin (Union Senior Operational Research fellow) and Kuda Takarinda from Zimbabwe (Union Senior Operational Research fellow) have successfully defended their theses to obtain Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees in their respective fields. They work in various areas of public health and with the national tuberculosis control programmes in their home countries.

The three researchers have published 276 papers, have 52 projects in various stages of development and implementation, have made 94 presentations at international or national conferences, have been a facilitator on 115 SORT IT course modules and have reviewed 39 scientific papers for international journals.

“The combined body of work demonstrates SORT IT’s success in retaining professionals trained in operational research to build sustainable leadership in health programmes and institutions", said Dr Rony Zachariah, who coordinates the global SORT IT partnership at TDR.

For more information, contact Makiko Kitamura.