Zimbabwe London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine Research Partnership (UK) is a research group committed to safeguarding and improving health across the life-course. They are a multidisciplinary research group of clinicians, allied health professionals, epidemiologists, statisticians, immunologists, microbiologists, geographical information specialists and social scientists. Community engagement underpins all their work so that they can ensure that the work is relevant and respectful to their local context and that communities are not simply passive beneficiaries of their research. They are strongly committed to developing research capacity.
Schools Engagement programme
Schools Engagement programme engages with young people from community-based schools in Harare implemented on multiple studies, including: VITALITY: VITamin D for Adolescents with HIV to reduce musculoskeletal morbidity and ImmunopaTHologY; ERASE-TB: Early risk assessment in TB contacts by new diagnostics tests: CHIEDZA: Community based interventions to Improve HIV outcomes in young people: A cluster randomised trial in Zimbabwe.
The main objective of our schools programme is to provide a platform for students with a passion for science to express their ideas and develop projects in a structured fashion as well as to expose them to healthcare and research professionals to inform their career aspirations. The programme chiefly consists of science clubs, science fairs, research field trips and internships for the students that we actively coordinate and provide resources.
These resources have been created as a guide for BRTI researchers/staff conducting the four facilitated sessions for the school science clubs. The expectation is that the science clubs will meet regularly (once weekly or alternate weeks during the term) and that four of these sessions will be facilitated by BRTI staff, the others will be run by teachers and students. This manual is to be used alongside the prepared slide sets and the handbook for students.
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