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Pamoja Tunaweza is partnered with the Queen's University Office of Global Health to implement several non-communicable disease and access to healthcare research projects. 

 

PURE (Prospective Urban and Rural Epidemiological) study (2011 to present):

The Prospective Urban and Rural Epidemiological (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 20 countries carried out by Population Health Research Institute (PHRI), which is a joint institute of McMaster University and Hamilton Lab Sciences in Canada. Pamoja Tunaweza under Dr.Karen Yeates (PI), Dr. Kajiru Kilonzo (PI) are managing this research in Tanzania. The target is to recruit 2000 participants in Moshi Urban/Municipal and Moshi Rural/Districts. 

 

The Kilimanjaro Cervical Cancer Screening Project (2012 to present):

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 healthcare worker armed with a smartphone camera and using text messaging to bring cervical cancer screening to rural areas of Tanzania. This study is being conducted by Dr. Yeates and the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical College Reproductive Health Centre team, lead by Dr. Olola Oneko.

 

Dream Global Hypertension Detection and Management Study (2012 to present):

The Dream Global project will integrate innovations in technology with the implementation of guidelines-based blood pressure control and through partnerships with experts in government and industry overcome barriers to lowering blood pressure in Canada's Aboriginal Communities and in a community Tanzania. We 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. We will test the effectiveness of this system for diagnosing and also for managing hypertension. To begin the process of preventing hypertension we will explore with Aboriginal Communities how to create policies to reduce the sodium content in their food. We have a track record of success in managing hypertension and believe that Dream Global can also become a platform for managing other chronic diseases. Dream Global is a collaborative project between the University Health Network in Toronto, the Ottawa Heart Institute, and Queen's University. 

 

The International Polypill Study (3) (2014 to present):

The TIPS-3 study is a polypill for primary prevention of CVD that is designed for therapy of untreated hypertension and elevated lipid levels. The study is being conducted in low, middle and high-income countries around the world. Tanzania will be the first site for TIPS-3 to be carried out in a very low-resource setting. TIPS-3 is a randomized double-blind placebo-controlled trial for the evaluation of a cardiovascular polypill (a.k.a Polycap), low-dose aspirin and vitamin D supplementation as primary prevention. The advantages for Tanzania are several: 1) awareness by the population of the problems of hypertension and prevention of CVD and cancer and the need to treat; 2) the measurements will provide a measure of blood pressures and lipid levels in the study population; 3) long-term medical treatment for chronic diseases is difficult to access by the general population in Tanzania. The long-term impact of a polypill in this population has yet to be documented; which may result in significant health policy implications in this setting. TIPS-3 is run out of the Population Health Research Institute at McMaster University, in partnership with Queen's University.

 

HASA (2015):

This is a multi-step project partnered with the Mennonite Economic Development Association (MEDA) to evaluate the impact of the Tanzania National Voucher Scheme (malaria bed net voucher program for pregnant women in Tanzania). This collaboration will also involve a randomized trial to test the impact of behavior change messaging via SMS to determine the impact on uptake of bed net voucher redemption and use.