UEM Partnership for Research in Implementation Science Mozambique (PRISM)

The University Eduardo Mondlane (UEM) and the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health (VIGH) in partnership with Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP) will train a new generation of Mozambican researchers with a focus on HIV/AIDS implementation science, taking advantage of VIGH extramurally-funded research programs in Mozambique. PRISM will assist UEM to capacitate both current and future faculty to teach and conduct HIV-focused implementation science research.

Mozambique has enormous potential to conduct biomedical research, given its high rates of infectious diseases and recent international investments in its health care infrastructure and HIV care and treatment scale-up. In order to improve health service delivery and its contribution to medical advancements, Mozambique has a pressing need to further grow its pool of qualified health professionals with the requisite methodological skills in implementation science focused on HIV/AIDS.

Aligned with the goals of the Fogarty HIV Research Training Program for Low-and Middle-Income Country (LMIC) Institutions, this program is designed to provide comprehensive training that is built upon the foundations laid by the existing collaborations and introduces a new partner, Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP).

VIGH faculty members have worked intensively with UEM and Government of Mozambique Ministry of Health (Ministério de Saúde [MISAU]) partners since 2007 to train Mozambican research scientists at both UEM and Vanderbilt University (VU), and to launch high-impact public health interventions linked to the VIGH-led PEPFAR HIV scale-up programs in Zambézia Province.

This grant will bolster the existing MPH program at UEM and its faculty using both VU-based Masters of Public Health (MPH) and UNIFESP-based Masters of Science (MSc) degrees as well as UEM faculty development fellowships at Vanderbilt. PRISM represents the first major investment in UEM graduate medical education and will be complementary to the current Mozambique Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI, with UCSD) that focuses on post- graduate clinical training.

Goals of the program include:

  • Strengthen and expand the UEM faculty pool in HIV/AIDS implementation science research,
  • Enhance research capacity at the UEM Faculty of Medicine with a focus on HIV/AIDS implementation science research targeting quality improvement/health services research
  • Nurture innovative mentored research by PRISM trainees/alumni to address HIV care and treatment scale-up via “Career Bridging” project opportunities and career development mentoring PRISM will represent the first major investment in UEM graduate medical education and will be complementary to the current Mozambique Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI, with UCSD) that focuses on post- graduate clinical training.

This program is led by Sten Vermund, M.D., Ph.D., assistant vice chancellor for Global Health, director of the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health, Troy Moon, M.D., M.P.H., assistant professor of Pediatrics and Mohsin Sidat, M.D., MSc, Ph.D., Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, University Eduardo Mondlane. This grant is supported by Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number D43TW009745.