Setting up a database of pathologies
To achieve these goals, the University of Nairobi in Kenya, Muhimbili University of Health
and Allied Sciences in Tanzania and Makerere University in Uganda will join forces and
share experiences in the analysis and evaluation of the selected pathologies to enhance
the use of new methodologies, registries and tools.
The core activity of the project will be the creation of a database where information on
AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis will be stored and accessible to academics and researchers in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. Here, experts will define a minimum set of most relevant fields for each disease. The data that will then be inserted to these fields will be in line with international standards and will be adapted to local needs in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.
Upgrading research capacities
The databases will be the main tool of the research cells that will be set up in each African
partner university and used for the input, collection monitoring and analysis and evaluation
on the selected pathologies. They will also be the key tool for conveying the information
collected on AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis at both national and international level.
The disease data registries and research cells will be used by physicians, epidemiologists,
biostatisticians, pharmacists and computer scientists to study the outbreak of pathologies,
the related clinical characteristics, the management of patients and utilisation and effects
of medicines in the community.
Developing human resources and curricula
Furthermore, specific trainings for university medical professionals, postgraduate students,
health care providers, and other public sectors employers will be offered throughout the
life of the project. Here, European and regional experts will define the training materials
and two study visits will be held in Italy involving epidemiologists, physicians, pharmacists
and researchers. Continuous online training support will be provided and sustained by the Web Collaboration Area (WCA) and the E-learning platform. On the basis of these trainings, the African universities’ staff will be able to develop and implement innovative curricula and postgraduate opportunities for local and regional students.