ADAPT: Global Health Research Initiative
CIET’s ADAPT (African Development of AIDS Prevention Trial capacity) project is funded by the HIV Prevention Trials Capacity Building Grants programme of the Global Health Research Initiative in Canada. This project seeks to develop state-of-the-art, autonomous, and sustainable health measurement and planning resources for African countries to better implement and evaluate HIV and AIDS prevention interventions.
The centrepiece of the first phase of ADAPT (2007-2009) was nine weeks of intensive training in randomised controlled trials and epidemiology for planning, attended by African researchers, mainly from SADC countries. Participants also gained practical experience through field work.
The second phase of ADAPT, from the end of 2010 to 2014, provided training in evidence-based decision making to parliamentarians, trained a further cohort of African researchers, provided training in laboratory skills, built capacities in African institutions, and supported development of an open and distance learning Masters in Epidemiology programme.