The International Clinical Operational and Health Services Research (COHRE)

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Background and Objectives

This is an AIDS and TB focused Training program funded by Forgarty International Centre (FIC)/National Institutes of Health (NIH), Grant Number 2 U2R TW0006879 and it based at  JCRC. The program started in 2004 and won the NIH award renewal for another five years effective April 2009 to March 2014. The goal of COHRE training program is to conduct training, research and mentorship as well as operationalise research findings in order to strengthen the national capacity to address the public health and scientific challenges of the evolving HIV and TB epidemic in Uganda and Africa at large.

JCRC, the lead institution for this grant collaborates with Makerere University, Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Kampala City Council, and Uganda National TB and Leprosy Program, in Uganda, and Case Western Reserve University, USA. Two new institutions (Gulu University in Uganda and University of Georgia in USA) also joined the consortium.

COHRE Activities

The program supports short and long term training. Short term training is offered in the following areas:

  • Grants writing and Grants Award Management
  • TB Laboratory Skills and External Quality Assessment (EQA) Training
  • Ethics, Human Rights and the Law on HIV/AIDS in Uganda
  • Dissemination and Implementation Science
  • Research Ethics and Good Clinical Practice
  • Comprehensive HIV Care Management
  • Proposal and Manuscript Writing Skills
  • Training Health Workers in Implementing HIV/TB Collaborative Activities
  • MentorshipTraining
  • Resposnible Conduct of Research

COHRE Achievements

Among the notable contributions the COHRE program has had to the scientific community in Uganda, and Africa at large, include:

  • Implementation research training: The JCRC Implementation science training conducted through the COHRE program has targeted staff from more than 15 research institutions across the country. In a period of 12 months since the first Implementation science training was held, two institutions have won implementation science research projects.
  • Development of the Mentors Manual: JCRC has demonstrated interest and commitment to promoting mentorship in Africa through spearheading writing a "Mentors' Manual for Health Sciences Training in Africa". The aim is to encourage mentoring practices for improved support to students pursuing undergraduate or postgraduate health science degree courses. This manual is the first ever mentors manual that has been produced and published in Uganda.
  • Establishment of the Health Services Research Course at Makerere University: JCRC through the COHRE program has supported the establishment of the Masters degree in Health Services Research. The objective of this course is to produce specialists who will meet the health service research needs of Africa. Through JCRC's program, two lecturers to kick start the course were trained at the Case Western Reserve University in Health services research to support roll out of this program right from curriculum development to getting the course approved by the National Council for Higher Education.
  • Establishment of the Masters of Public Health (MPH) course at Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST): With support from JCRC through COHRE, the MPH program was established at MUST.  MPH is a relevant course for health services improvement and response in Uganda, and the impact of this initiative to development of Uganda's health care and service delivery systems is enormous.