The Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) Building Research Capacity, Implementation and Translation Expertise (NCD BRITE) program was officially launched on Thursday, February 8th at the College of Medicine in Blantyre, Malawi.
NCD BRITE is a national consortium funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It that brings together key institutions to build long-term sustainable NCD-focused implementation research capacity in Malawi. Geared towards Malawian researchers and policy makers, NCD BRITE will choose top applicants each year to participate in the program. The four-year program will provide short NCD focused courses, small grant awards and internship placements in collaboration with its consortium partners.
As part of this program, an NCD-focused implementation research infrastructure needs assessment and a detailed disease burden and risk factors assessment will also be conducted.
The generated research capacity together with findings from the needs assessments will be used to create an actionable, national implementation research agenda for priority heart, lung, blood and sleeping (HLBS) diseases.
Individuals who are eligible for the program include; masters or doctoral students, university faculty members, employees of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) or research institutions, and employees of Malawi’s Ministry of Health (MoH) – who are also in a position to either lead an NCD focused research study or translate research findings into policy program implementation.
Dignitas International is the leading partner implementing the program. Dignitas will be partnering with the College of Medicine, University of Northern Carolina, Malawi’s Ministry of Health, Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Malawi-Liverpool Welcome Trust Clinical Research Program, Malawi Epidemiology and Intervention Unit (MEIU), Lighthouse Trust and Partners in Health (PIH).