Where

Harare, Zimbabwe

What

BRTI’s mission is to promote the health and quality of life of the peoples of Africa through research and training in the field of biomedicine. BRTI 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. BRTI has partnered with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) to adapt a mobile phone messaging intervention for young people in Zimbabwe. The intervention aims to improve young people’s attitudes towards contraception, promote safer sex behaviors and increase demand for health services within the local context of Zimbabwe. The intervention is being adapted through a co-design process in close collaboration with young people, who are given the opportunity to be trained and conduct the process along with the research staff at BRTI.

Why it’s innovative:

This project is CTAOP’s first partnership with a formal research institution. The adapted intervention will be integrated into CHIEDZA, an active, two-year randomized controlled trial that delivers comprehensive health services to young people by meeting them where they are. Our vital support provides a launch point for BRTI and LSHTM to apply for large research grants to prove and scale the model.

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