Building research capacity of blood transfusion services in Africa

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Contract/Grant agreement number
: 26619
EC contribution
: € 1.700,000.00
: 48 months
Starting date
: 01/04/2011
: Blood Transfusion, Capacity Building,Health Services, Capacity Strengthening.
Project web-site
: http://www.t-rec.eu

T-REC is an international consortium of academics and health practitioners who want to improve blood transfusion services across Africa. The project is works across Ghana and Zimbabwe its purpose is to build sustainable capacity for research in blood transfusion services in Africa. There is a critical lack of individuals with research skills in Africa’s transfusion services; without these skills the service cannot do the research needed to improve the safety and supply of blood for their people. Several European institutions have expertise in building research capacity among health professionals in Africa.

This project will coordinate EU and African collaborations to transfer research skills to the African partners. EU partners will benefit by enhancing their own blood transfusion research skills. To do this we will support three research training schemes (PhD, under/post graduates, in-service) in each of two African partner transfusion services. All partners will contribute to disseminating information about the project to both academic and non-academic audiences, promoting the uptake of research into policy and practice and in seeking long-term support for building transfusion research capacity in Africa.

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