The National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) is one of the members of consortium through Muhimbili Medical Research Center (MMRC).
NIMR is the largest public health research institution in Tanzania. NIMR has centres and stations across the country and in addition NIMR has been working with the National, Zonal, Regional and District hospitals. Within the study regions Iringa and Mbeya NIMR is operating the stations in each region with a good laboratory located at each regional hospital in the selected regions. NIMR has an access with a cohort of PLWHA on care and treatment in these regions and NIMR is participating in the follow up of these patients. The laboratories in these regions are in level 2. This project will be granted the opportunity to access the cohort of PLWHA under follows up in these hospitals and also the community follows for recruitment of the health cohort. In addition the NIMR has an access with the Central Pathology Laboratory equipped with modern technique for HIV 1&2 diagnosis, follow up investigations including viral load and immunology. The Central Pathology Laboratory is level 3. In addition NIMR is hosting the National Ethics Review Committee and mandated to oversee the entire medical research-taking place in the country.
FUNCTIONS OF MMRC WITHIN THE CONSORTIUM:
- MMRC will take lead on information technology system capacity building. This comprises establishment of virtual one health center and electronic case management.
- Providing data on human health, particularly prevalence of TSCT/NCC and pathomechanisms of NCC in immunocompromised subjects.