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Partners and collaborators

NIHR partners and collaborators

Meet our collaborating centres and partners as part of Phase 2 of the NIHR Global Health Research Unit at BSMS.

The NIHR GHRU Phase 2 at BSMS will work in partnership with CDT Africa at Addis Ababa University and the Armauer Hansen Research Institute in Ethiopia; the Mycetoma Research Centre and The Institute for Endemic Diseases, University of Khartoum, Sudan; the University of Rwanda. The Institute of Development Studies is one of our collaborators in the UK.


Partners in Ethiopia

The Centre for Innovative Drug Development for Clinical Trials (CDT) based at the University of Addis Ababa, is a regional centre which has field research sites in Addis Ababa and the three largest regions of Ethiopia (Oromia, Amhara and the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Region), with more than 100 full time employees and students from seven African countries. It brings about fair and sustainable development in Africa through high quality capacity development for drug discovery on a regional platform.   

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Prof Abebaw Fekadu, Centre Leader - 

The Armauer Hansen Research Institute (AHRI) is a leading African research institute, comprising well-equipped biomedical laboratories, experienced researchers and an extensive network of international and national partners. Through its research on important endemic diseases, AHRI is committed to building training capacity nationally and regionally. The Institute has a history of health research capacity building through support of postgraduate programmes at Ethiopian Universities, serving as a hub for skill and technology transfer into the country.

Read more about AHRI >

Rawleigh Howe -


Partners in Sudan

The Mycetoma Research Centre (MRC) is a global leader in Mycetoma management and research. The Centre was set up in 1991, at the University of Khartoum, and in 2015 was recognised as a WHO collaborating centre on Mycetoma. The main aim of the centre is to increase the quality of life for Mycetoma patients and generate evidence based developments in Mycetoma care.

The centre recognises the importance of taking a multidisciplinary approach to Mycetoma management, as holistic care includes medical, surgical and rehabilitative interventions. Community involvement is recognised as essential to improve care seeking behaviour and patient support, as most Mycetoma patients reside in resource poor and remote rural access. Research, innovation and the transfer of knowledge form the cornerstone of the MRC practice.

Read more about The MRC >


The Institute for Endemic Diseases (IEND) was established in 1993 as a research and training centre for endemic diseases. It acts as a platform for biomedical and clinical research in the University of Khartoum. Community service is an ever growing objective, especially for impoverished and remote communities.

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Dr Sahar M Bakhiet, Project Manager -
Prof Ahmed Hassan Fahal, Centre Leader - 


Partners in Rwanda

The University of Rwanda strives to be a leading University that develops highly enterprising graduates prepared and dedicated to building a more just and sustainable society locally, nationally and globally, with appropriate innovations that advance quality of life. Their mission is to support the development of Rwanda by discovering and advancing knowledge, committed to the highest standards of academic excellence, where students are prepared for lives of service, leadership and solutions.

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Dr Leon Mutesa, Director of Center for Human Genetics at the College of Medicine and Health Sciences - University of Rwanda -

Collaborators in the UK 

The Institute of Development Studies (IDS) is a global research and learning organisation for equitable and sustainable change. In partnership with the University of Sussex, IDS is ranked first in the world for development studies by the QS University Rankings. IDS believe passionately that cutting-edge research, knowledge and mutual learning are crucial in shaping the transformations needed to reduce inequalities, accelerate sustainability and build more inclusive and secure societies. In line with our engaged excellence approach, we are committed to collaborating closely with local civil society, governments, international NGOs, citizens, donors, researchers and many others to realise this positive change.

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Tom Barker - Senior Health and Nutrition Convenor:
Karine Gatellier – Nutrition Convenor: