Innovative research presentations from the ERASE-TB team and other young researchers from The Health Research Unit Zimbabwe (THRU ZIM) were enthusiastically received at the Zimbabwe Annual Medical Research Day (AMRD2022) held last weekend (9th July).
The Annual Medical Research Day is hosted by the University of Zimbabwe, College of Health Sciences and offers a platform where the affiliated researchers and collaborators showcase their research work. This year’s theme was “Innovative Health Research in a Covid-19 Transformed Landscape” with the sub-theme “Innovative and Industrialization are key to the future”.
Edson Marambire (ERASE-TB Study Coordinator) gave a poster presentation on the objectives, justification, recruitment update, and preliminary results from the multi-morbidity ERASE-TB sub study, IMBA HUTANO. This study evaluates integrated multi-component health checks for TB-affected households, including screening for HIV, mental health and nutritional status.
Karlos Madziva (ERASE-TB Research Assistant (and soon-to-be MSc student) presented
the preliminary results on characteristics of the index cases recruited in the ERASE-TB study, which included noting that 30% of men with TB in Harare have a history of mining and that very few use protective respiratory equipment. He was also won the prize under the Biomedical paper category.
Other excellent presentations were given by Tinashe Mwaturura (Epidemiologist at Biomedical Research and Training Institute) who presented findings from a randomised controlled trial evaluating the use of a video information tool combined with e-consent
and Mandikudza Tembo (Public Health Specialist and PhD Research Fellow) on the Menstrual Health Intervention within CHIEDZA.