THRiVE is a collaborative capacity building programme involving the following universities across East Africa and the UK – in Uganda: Makerere University, Gulu University, Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI); Tanzania: Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College (KCMUC), National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR); National University of Rwanda (NUR); Kenya: International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE); and the UK: University of Cambridge, and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM).
LSHTM (or ‘the School’) is collaborating actively in research capacity building with seven East African institutions in the Wellcome Trust funded THRiVE Consortium. This is achieved by fostering partnerships among universities and research institutions in East Africa and the United Kingdom to provide the training opportunities, research mentoring and the strengthening of research infrastructure required to develop sustainable research capacity in the region.
The THRiVE Consortium aims to strengthen institutional research capacity in East Africa, and to support the next generation of East African researchers to become internationally competitive and self-sustaining scientific leaders, seeding a regional research community with the critical mass to address African health priorities. Three members of School staff supported by THRiVE are based in the new Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at KCMUC, which is led by Jim Todd, and have set up a new postgraduate training programme in epidemiology there. LSHTM staff also led short courses in research methods for PhD students and others, held annually in Mwanza, and an immunology training programme at UVRI, as well as co-supervising a number of PhD and post-doctoral fellows. The Consortium funding from the Wellcome Trust has enabled LSHTM to make substantial contributions to strengthening research capacity in the region. The School’s participation in the Consortium is led by Professor David Mabey.