What we will do
The Research partnership for the control of chronic diseases in Africa (RESPOND AFRICA) aim to improve health outcomes of people living with chronic conditions, particularly those living with diabetes, hypertension, and HIV, through high quality research. Our research that will inform policy and practise on the control of these conditions.
Our research focuses on two areas:
The platforms for HIV management are strong, and so we want to see whether or not we can use the lessons learnt in managing HIV as a chronic condition to address the growing burden of non-communicable diseases in Africa.
The group has developed a research agenda on the theme of integrating HIV, diabetes and hypertension care.
We started with a pilot study in 5 health facilities in Uganda and 5 in Tanzania that was aimed at establishing the feasibility and acceptability of integrated management, and we will be presenting some of the results of that study today.
Building on that work, we have now started a larger cluster randomised trial to test the model in 32 facilities – 16 in Tanzania and 16 in Uganda, and this study is currently recruiting.