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Training Health Researchers into Vocational Excellence (THRiVE-2) at UVRI

Training Health Researchers into Vocational Excellence (THRiVE-2) project is a 5-year project implemented by a consortium made of Universities and Research Institutions funded by the DELTAS (welcome trust and UK Aid). The main goal of THRiVE-2 is to enhance the transformation of the East African Universities into world-class research hubs by spearheading the transition of PhD and post-doctoral fellows into health research leaders.

At the Uganda Virus Research Institute, THRiVE -2 builds on THRiVE (hereby referred to as THRiVE-1) established in 2009 with the underlying 10-year vision of developing a regional network of research excellence, that includes some of the best universities and research institutes in East Africa (EA) with support from two leading UK universities. THRiVE-2 is a collaboration between six East African institutes (two universities, one college, and three research institutes) and two universities in the UK. Our vision is that by 2030, Africa will lead research that has a major impact on health in the region and make significant contributions to world health.

THRiVE has greatly invested in the laboratory and It Infrastructure and the first UVRI website (THRiVE-1) and great support for internet connectivity and Core Laboratories open to all projects and programs at UVRI. The core Laboratories are also open for attachments and use by PhD and MSc students from all universities and research institutions in THRiVE -2 and the region on formal request.

THRIVE-2 Objectives are to:-

  1. Strengthen regional network of excellence to catalyse development of East African Universities into research hubs
  2. Develop internationally recognized research leaders in three thematic areas (infectious diseases/neglected tropical diseases, Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) and maternal/neonatal reproductive health)
  • Facilitate use of research findings and innovations to inform policy and practice

The strategy in THRiVE-2 is to significantly and rapidly enhance the transformation of East African universities into world class research hubs, by spearheading the transition of PhD and post-doctoral fellows into health research leaders. We aim to continue strengthening the THRiVE-1 network and harness synergies to groom and mentor the most promising young scientists trained in THRIVE-1 and others selected in THRIVE-2 to become independent, internationally-recognized research leaders doing excellent research that addresses EA’s priority health problems. We will continue to support the uptake of research findings and innovations into policy and practice.

THRIVE-2 Partners.

  • College of Health Sciences, Makerere University (CHS-Mak), Kampala Uganda.
  • Faculty of Medicine, Gulu University, Gulu, Uganda
  • Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College (KCMU Co, Moshi, Tanzania)
  • Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI), Entebbe, Uganda
  • National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR), Mwanza, Tanzania
  • International Center of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe), Nairobi, Kenya
  • London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), London, UK
  • University of Cambridge, Department of Pathology, Cambridge, UK

Download the THRiVE-2 2019 Publications 


Please visit http://thrive.or.ug/ to learn more about the THRiVE Consortium in East Africa.