Welcome to Tropical Diseases Research Centre
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6th and 7th Floors, Ndola Central Hospital Building
Corner Nkana Road /Broadway


The Tropical Diseases Research Centre (TDRC) was established as a national research centre in 1981. The operations of the TDRC Board are guided by the provisions of the  TDRC Act No. 31 of 1982. The members of the TDRC board are appointed by the Minister of  Health. The TDRC Board provides strategic leadership to the TDRC management. The  Chairman of the board is the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Health. The  Director, appointed by the Board, is the Executive Officer of the TDRC and is responsible for the administration of TDRC. The Director is assisted by the Deputy Director and  Board Secretary who is also appointed by the TDRC Board. There are three scientific  departments: Biomedical Sciences, Public Health and Epidemiology, and Clinical  Sciences.

The administrative support department is comprised of Accounts, Transport, Purchasing  and Supply, Stores, Personnel and Security Units and is headed by Board Secretary. The  Biomedical Sciences Department undertake basic science research and provide laboratory  support to research activities in the Clinical Sciences Department and Public Health  and Epidemiology Department.

Since its establishment in 1981, TDRC has gone through transformation that have seen an  expanded research mandate. In recent years, the Centre has had to face the challenges  of policy change as a result of health sector reform in the country.The Centre has  embraced these changes positively and seeks to adapt itself to be consistent and  relevant to the health needs of the day, not only in Zambia but also in Africa as a  whole. The Centre seeks to position its activities so as to contribute effectively to  the generation of evidence for disease prevention and control.