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Research at PTWC

PURE (Prospective Urban and Rural Epidemiological Study) - ONGOING

  • The PURE study, is a prospective cohort study that tracks changing lifestyles, risk factors and chronic disease using periodic standardized data collection in urban and rural areas. It is a global chronic disease study taking place in 21+ countries carried out by Population Health Research Institute (PHRI), which is a joint institute of McMaster University and Hamilton Lab Sciences in Canada. There have been a number of sub-studies completed to date including looking at household pollution levels in rural communities and catastrophic health expenditures in participants with cardiovascular disease. More substudies planned for the future include looking at dementia, depression, and atrial fibrillation.

  • PTWC is the coordinating centre for the only Tanzanian site in the study, with just over 2,000 participants split between communities in Moshi Urban and Rural, including the neighbourhood surrounding PTWC


Dream Global Hypertension Detection and Management Study - PRE-IMPLEMENTATION

  • The Dream Global project integrates innovations in technology with the implementation of guidelines-based blood pressure control. It will develop and test tools that will close the circle of care around people with hypertension by bringing measurement data to the medical record and healthcare provider and also sending useful medical feedback to the person with hypertension via secure data servers and routine SMS messaging on mobile phones. The effectiveness of this system for diagnosing and also for managing hypertension will be tested. Dream Global is a collaborative project between the University Health Network in Toronto, the Ottawa Heart Institute, and Queen's University.

The Kilimanjaro Cervical Cancer Screening Project - COMPLETED

  • PTWC co-founder, Dr. Karen Yeates, was awarded a Grand Challenges Canada Rising Stars in Global Health grant to investigate a cost-effective method of screening women for cervical cancer using a non-physician health care worker armed with a smartphonecamera and using text messaging to bring cervical cancer screening to rural areas of Tanzania.


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Hati Salama (HASA) - COMPLETED

  • Hati Salama was a project in collaboration with Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA). The project aimed to distribute 4,000 bed nets redeemed from 100 clinics across Tanzania to 4,000 women using an electronic voucher system. This collaboration also involved a randomized trial to test the impact of behaviour change messaging via SMS to determine the impact on uptake of bed net voucher redemption and use.

  • The trial took place between July and December, where we closed a total of 96 (out of the initial 98) clinics enrolled. The study overall was very successful with over 7,000 electronic vouchers issued and over 5,000 bednets redeemed across the country

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