Trainings and Capacity Building

MCRI’s training and capacity building program embraces a multi-dimensional approach to sustainable research and administrative development. Our training programs focus to build capacity to effect change and yield long term results that truly impact on existing capacities to fulfill our mission.

Key achievements of MCRI in the last 6 years:

  • Short-term research training courses for over 120 clinical and nursing staff in GCP,(research methods, ethics and treatment guidelines including ETAT and Uganda Treatment Guidelines).
  • Mbale Regional Referral Hospital (MRRH) recognized at national level as best performing regional referral hospital. For improved quality of services consecutively for the last 3 years.
  • MRRH Institutional Review Committee established with funding from EDCTP.
  • Mentorship of 2 junior doctors to complete Postgraduate Diplomas in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene.
  • Laboratory technicians (2) received training in Kilifi.
  • Study site coordinator (nurse) received a scholarship for medical training.
  • Dr. Peter Olupot-Olupot completed his PhD in March 2015, Postdoc 2016-2018.
  • Research Laboratory construction: improving research and training of the young researchers.
  • Strengthening clinical patient care systems including patient triage, blood transfusion services

MCRI Student Supervision

Mbale Clinical Research Institute has a remarkable record of Student supervision. Below is a summary of a few of the formal trainings done on an annual basis.

Qualification University / Institute Year & Status
PhD Liverpool University, UK 2019. Ongoing
MSc. Stafford University, UK 2017, Ongoing
MSc. London Sch. of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, UK 2016, Completed
ISSF Fellowship Imperial College 2016, Completed
Early PostDoc Research Experience Imperial College 2016, Completed
Early PostDoc Research Experience Imperial College 2015, Completed
MSc. Simon Freser University, Canada 2014, Completed
MSc. London Sch. of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, UK 2013, Completed
ISSF Fellowship Imperial College 2013, Completed
BSc. Makerere University, UG 2007, Completed

Other ongoing professional and scientific educational studies include: Laboratory Technologist (RM) doing MSc., HR & Administration (CA) doing ACCA, Operations Officer (MP) doing CPA, Data Manager (GA) doing M&E, Head of QA/QC (CBO) doing MPH, Medical Officer (PG) doing his MPH and a number of other departments enrolling for further studies.

Mbale Clinical Research Institute has built PPDA Capacity which stands for Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Authority to harmonize the procurement and disposal policy systems and practices of the institute and has zero tolerance against corruption and fraud. All Officers and Researchers must behave and act according to our ethical values.

The Institute has trainings for all its staff on Good Clinical Practice (GCP). GCP course is designed to prepare research staff in the conduct of clinical trials with human participants. The 12 modules included in the course are based on ICH GCP Principles and the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) for clinical research trials in the U.S. The course is self-paced and takes approximately six hours to complete.