The Biomedical Research and Training Institute, Harare

The BRTI was registered in Zimbabwe in 1995 as a non-profit making organization under Section 22 of the Companies Act (Reg. No.1676/95). The Institute implements research projects and provides training and support services in public health, biomedicine and health research mostly focusing on HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria and operational research. Its mission is to promote the health and quality of life of the peoples of Zimbabwe and the Southern Africa Development Community SADC region through fostering research, training and research informed interventions in all fields that are relevant to essential national health needs. The main role of the BRTI is to provide the support that researchers in all aspects of health need to become effective in influencing policy.

The mission of the BRTI is to promote the health & quality of life of the peoples of Africa through research & training in the field of biomedicine. The institute emphasizes 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.








Zimbabwe Team

Professor Rashida Ferrand

Zimbabwe PI Director of the Biomedical Research and Training Institute, Zimbabwe and Professor of International Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK. Her research interests include adolescent health, HIV and sexual and reproductive health and chronic disease.

M Ndekwere

Zimbabwe Co-PI Consulting General Orthopaedic surgeon at Sally Mugabe Hospital, Zimbabwe. He is currently appointed technical advisor for the Ministry of Health.


Tadios (Ted) Manyanga

Study Co-ordinator in Zimbabwe Clinical trials manager.  Ted Manyanga is a Public Health Practitioner with more than 8 years’ experience in the field of clinical trials. He is passionate about clinical Trials conduct, internal monitoring, and coordination. He has a strong background in project management.

Tsitsi Bandason

Lead Data Manager.  Joining the BRTI in 2004 she has been involved in the development of data management processes and documents and providing statistical analysis services. Prior to this, she was a data manager for the Zimbabwe Meteorological Services.  She graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Statistics and an MSc in Clinical Epidemiology.

Joseph Chipanga 

Data Manager.  Joseph is a highly competent IT professional with an experience in managing Data and databases. With strong technical skills as well as excellent interpersonal skills, enabling to interact with colleagues at all levels.

Dr Rudo Chingono

WP5 Deputy Research Fellow, Biomedical Research and Training Institute (BRTI), Zimbabwe. Rudo is a Social Scientist and global health researcher with interest in using research to improve access and uptake of public health services in low and middle income countries.  

Mr Prudance

Orthopaedic Expert Consulting General Orthopaedic surgeon at Sally Mugabe Hospital, and The Bone & Joint Clinic, Harare, Zimbabwe.


Tanyaradzwa Velma Mangere 

Research Assistant WP2.  Tanya is a social worker who is passionate about healthcare related research.


Tafadzwa Nzanza

Research Assistant WP2.  Tafadzwa is a Social Development Practitioner who has wide experience in health related research.


Elton Mainza Muyatwa 

Research Assistant WP2.  A young versatile man with vast experience in community-based health-related research conduct.



Pauline Ishumael 

Health Economics Research Assistant.  Pauline is a social scientist with broad experience in both qualitative and quantitative research. She also holds an MBA degree.


Tendai  Chiweshe

Qualitative Research Assistant WP5. Tendai is a Research Assistant with interest in using research to improve access of health services to children, women and adolescents.


Nyasha Natasha Buwu 

Qualitative Research Assistant WP5.  Nyasha is a Social Scientist interested in health research using qualitative research methods.