New global health research to reduce the impacts of COVID-19 across low and middle income countries

Ziauddin University has become part of University of Oxford led project: “African critical care registry network for pandemic surveillance, clinical management and research” by NIHR, in partnership with UK Research and Innovation (UKRI):

“Partners: University of Oxford (UK) African Coalition for Epidemic Research, Response and Training (ALERRT; international), Aga Khan University (Kenya), Debre Berhan University (Ethiopia), Doctors with Africa (CUAMM; Ethiopia, Sierra Leone and South Sudan), D’OR Institute for Research and Education (IDOR; Brazil), Intermediate Hospital (Namibia), International Forum for Acute Care Trialists (InFACT; international), International Severe Acute Respiratory and Emerging Infection Consortium (ISARIC; international), Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit (MORU; Thailand), Makerere University College of Health Sciences (Uganda), Monash University (Australia), Muhimbili University of Health & Allied Sciences (Tanzania), NICS-MORU (Sri Lanka), University of British Columbia (Canada), University College London (UK), University of Edinburgh (UK), World Health Organization (international) Ziauddin University (Pakistan)

Bringing together the expertise of researchers and clinicians based across low- and middle-income countries and partners from established critical care and pandemic networks internationally, this project aims to address the knowledge gaps that exist in the natural history and clinical course of COVID-19 related critical illness in Africa. Knowledge gaps and underlying operational gaps will be identified by implementing a setting-adapted registry for service evaluation and pandemic research in seven countries across Africa. Leveraging the registry data, and led by healthcare stakeholders, the researchers will identify priorities for improving processes of care for the sickest patients. Once established, the same registry platform will support trials to identify strategies for optimal supportive care and interventions in the management of critically ill patients.

“Without data we cannot engage in research, and without research we have no voice.” Prof Madiha Hashmi, co-investigator, Ziauddin University, Pakistan”

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