Message from the director

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It is with great pleasure and great excitement that we are taking another step to share information about our research and training activities at Tropical Diseases Research Centre (TDRC) through our website.

 

The Centre has remained a key health research institution in Zambia, and has continued to play its part in contributing to the generation of researched evidence for improved health policies. Targeted research is critical in enhancing effective disease prevention and control, and thereby contributing to socio-economic development of the country. It is also important to emphasise the role of research in providing evidence for decisionmaking, management and responsible use of limited resources for sustainable development.

On our website, we would like to share information on our current research and training activities, and highlight the support we are providing to the national disease control programmes in the fields of epidemiology, social sciences, clinical sciences, biomedical sciences, traditional remedies, emerging communicable and non-communicable diseases among others.

The Centre has in the recent past scored a number of other notable successes in research collaborations, infrastructure development and maintenance. The refurbishment of the tuberculosis (TB) laboratory with support from CDC has affirmed its designation as a reference laboratory for the northern part of Zambia. The laboratory for Neglected Tropcal Diseases (NTDs) also used as malaria microscopy room, has undergone refurbishments as part of the preparatory works towards accreditation of a Supranational Reference Laboratories for malaria in the Southern African Development Community region. The construction of a new research complex at Mitengo along Mufurila road in Ndola has become a reality. This new developmental project has come with unprecedented financial support from government.

The management and staff of TDRC are greatly indebted the government through the Ministry of Health and all the stakeholders who have contributed significantly to the improvement of research and training capacity of the Centre.

Lastly, I would like to thank all TDRC staff who contribute articles to that are published on this website.