What does CIET do?
CIET does epidemiological research and training – with a special purpose.
Their aim is to move epidemiology's centre of gravity from universities in rich countries toward places and situations where it is needed most: in developing countries, in emergencies and among marginalised populations. They want to see epidemiology used to make public services work better, reach more who need them, and be more accountable. And in addition to medical epidemics, they want to see epidemiology used against social epidemics like gender violence and corruption.
Achieving this has much to do with where the epidemiology skills reside. CIET builds research capacity in communities, among local and regional health workers and in centres of emerging national research capacity.
To build effective research skills, they themselves have to do quality research. They focus on evidence that can be used to achieve an impact, using a particular mix of quantitative and qualitative methods. A core CIET capacity is large scale randomised controlled trials. But it is not enough to identify solutions. The CIET strategy for moving from research to decisions is to communicate evidence effectively. As researchers and research trainers, they build partnerships in a process they call SEPA: socializing evidence for participatory action.
Where is Centro de Investigacion de Enfermedades Tropicales - CIET International, Inc.