About Us

The Africa University Clinical Research Centre (AUCRC) is a unit under the College of Health Agriculture & Natural Sciences (CHANS).

Background

AUCRC’s first project was established in 2006 in collaboration with and sponsored by St Jude Children’s Research Hospital (SJCRH) in Memphis, TN, USA. This project involved the set up and establishment of a research centre in preparation for an HIV vaccine trial and lasted for three years.

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An institution of first choice in the professional conduct of health research and programmes of highest ethical & scientific standard to enrich the health of communities.
To promote a healthier and informed population through research and programmes in priority health issues with the involvement of the community & partners.
  • Clinical trials
  • Cohort studies
  • Implementation science studies
  • Operational research activities
  • Research training & support services

Research Support Services Unit

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Pre-award services PROPOSAL

Identification of funding opportunities; Interpretation of calls.

Coordination and grants writing ; Facilitating networking with relevant experts

Support for submission processes

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Post award services Development

Regulatory support; Development, training & oversight for SOP adherence; Project management

 

Clinical conduct; Data management; Pharmacy support

Biostatistical analysis; Report writing; Manuscript development

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Lifestyle & Prevention Medicine Unit

Community outreach, Research & Student engagement

Primary Prevention

Health education sessions on lifestyle risk factors for NCDs & chronic disease self management with organized groups

Secondary Prevention

Outreach screening sessions for Hypertension & DM & support for linkage to care Proposal to establish a Wellness screening facility at the CRC

Tertiary prevention

Advanced preparations towards establishing a Chronic diseases Self Management Clinic at the CRC and at Old Mutare Hospital

Projects

Ongoing activities

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HIV Testing

HIV Self Testing Intervention

Implementation science activities: Documenting the acceptability & effectiveness of an HIV Self Testing intervention in a tertiary institution. Improving uptake of HIV testing services among young people through strengthening peer network activities (AU students, Old Mutare youths, Nyadire Teachers’ college).

Funded by the General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM) of the United Methodist Church

Project Leader: AUCRC

Funding: General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM)

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Healthy lifestyles

Calling for interested stakeholders

Mutare City Healthy City Project- partnerships to mobilize resources towards exploration of strategies to address social determinants of health & make the environment more supportive for individuals to take up healthy lifestyles.

Calling for interested stakeholders.

Project Leader: Mutare City Health Directorate

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Chronic Diseases

Developing ZimNaCo protocol

Developing ZimNaCo protocol (Zimbabwe National Cohort study) – setting up a nationally representative NCDs& Chronic disease cohort study. This work is being done in collaboration with the Leibniz Institute of Prevention Research & Epidemiology (BIPS, Bremen University), Ministry of Health & Child Care (MOHCC) NCDs Unit, University of Zimbabwe. Calling for interested stakeholders.

Project Leader: AUCRC

Partners:Leibniz Institute of Prevention Research & Epidemiology (BIPS, Bremen University), Ministry of Health & Child Care (MOHCC) NCDs Unit

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Data analysis

Ophthalmology examination

Secondary data analysis efforts to establish preliminary trends, largely working with CHANS students:

  • The Hypertension Study: cross-sectional description of the burden of Hypertension based on review of registers in the Mutare city clinics
  • DRStudy: Pattern & determinants of Diabetic Retinopathy among private sector diabetic patients referred for ophthalmology examination in Mutare, Zimbabwe
  • Secondary analysis of DHS data: Obesity & smoking in adolescents & young people in Southern Africa
  • Family AIDS Caring Trust Zimbabwe-An interrogation of mobile TB &NCD screening outreach program data

Project Leader: AUCRC

Partners: Africa University College of Health, Agriculture and Natural Resourses

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Surveillance survey

Participation in the Technical Planning Group for the MOHCC NCDs STEPS risk factor surveillance survey.

Project Leader: MOHCC

Partner: AUCRC

Our Partners

These are just some of our key partners who work with the AUCRC to make a difference in the world.

Our Team

Meet the strong team that makes the AUCRC a successful center of excellence.

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Dr Fadzai N.N. Mukora-Mutseyekwa (MBChB, MPH)

Director AU Clinical Research Centre

Previous Engagements

Director of Innovations, Research, Monitoring & Evaluation, John Snow research & Training Inc. (1/2014-12/2017)

Worked on the USAID-funded Maternal & Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP) in Zimbabwe – a US $12.6 million, four year project (USG Cooperative agreement) which supported the MOHCC in introducing evidence based integrated Maternal Newborn & Child Health (MNCH) programs, enhancing quality improvement, systems strengthening and developing human capacity across a range of clinical cadres.

Responsible for design and implementation of public health surveys, operational and implementation science research protocols; Supporting the development, pilot & documentation of innovative strategies to improve health system efficiencies; Oversight for the project’s Performance Monitoring Plan & liaison with technical team to inform program decisions; MOHCC engagement & support.

Areas of interest: Research Administration, Non-Communicable Diseases, Chronic Diseases, Maternal & Child Health, Epidemiology, Health Promotion, Prevention & Lifestyle Medicine, Implementation Science

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Mrs. Mandla Tirivavi

Research Programs Coordinator, AU Clinical Research Centre

Study Coordinator for: A 2-Part, Cross-Sectional, Prospective, and Observational Cohort Study to Estimate HIV Incidence Among Sexually Active Adult Females.

The study had the following achievements acknowledged by the sponsor, International Partnership for Microbicides (IPM)

  1. Retention rate of 94.3% of study participants
  2. 91% Case Report Forms (CRFs) deemed clean data on arrival.
  3. A 3% Quality control (QC) rate per 100 records throughout the whole duration of study.

Community Engagement Award and Floating Trophy in 2011 by sponsor IPM.

Provided Pre-Award services for AUCRC for winning National Institute of Health (NIH) GrantStrengthening Research Administration at Africa University, Zimbabwe, Grant Number: 1G11HD088121 – 01

Provided Pre-Award services for AUCRC successful submission and awarding of the HIV Self Testing Project at Africa University by the General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM) of the Methodist Church.

Areas of interest:Research Administration, Social Epidemiology, HIV Social and Health Behaviours

AUCRC Head Office

If you would like to procure any of these services from the AUCRC

  • +263 20 68181
  • enquiriescrc@africau.edu

Dr. Mutseyekwa Director AUCRC

If you would like to contact Dr. Mutseyekwa

  • +263 20 68181
  • directorcrc@africau.edu

Mrs. Tirivavi Research Coordinator

If you would like to contact Mrs. Tirivavi

  • +263 20 68181
  • tirivavim@africau.edu
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