The provision of sound policies for health service delivery depends critically on reliable information. Reliable information, whether epidemiological, biomedical, therapeutic, preventative or health service delivery, requires research. Research is therefore critical to an effective and affordable health service to address needs, especially in countries with limited resources. While much global funding is allocated to health research, the great majority is spent on studies in more developed countries. The Global Forum for Health Research publicized widely what has become known as “the10 – 90 gap”. There is little indication that this gap is narrowing and the control of funding for health research remains emphatically with wealthy nations. It is time for developing nations to take responsibility and prepare their own research agendas responsive to national and regional needs.
The BRTI recognizes that scientific personnel resources in Zimbabwe and the region are limited. For this reason there is a conscious policy not to employ large numbers of research staff. The philosophy is to support the research being carried out by personnel in national institutions and universities in the region. Through providing effective and professional research facilities the BRTI encourages development of their careers within that institution, thereby adding to capacity building at individual, institutional and national levels. To compete for scarce human resources in such a critical field would be of little benefit to anyone. Instead the BRTI offers the facilities it has to researchers who may need specific areas of support, for example the availability of a well-equipped TB Laboratory, that will enable them to complete their own research program.
The mission of the BRTI is to promote the health and quality of life of the peoples of Africa through research and training in the field of biomedicine. The institute emphasises the need to establish and maintain the highest levels of quality, professionalism, ethical standards and efficiency in its activities, and publishes these webpages in a spirit of openness and transparency.
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