Team for Applied Research Generating Effective Tools and Strategies for Communicable Disease Control
The TARGETS Consortium brings together researchers based at seven key international institutions. Through core funding and a bottom-up approach to research programme design and implementation, the TARGETS Consortium seeks to support the independence and influence of its partners to engage in nationally and internationally recognised research.
The strengthening of research capacity is an essential feature of collaboration between Northern- and Southern-based partners, and is best done by conducting research together. TARGETS partnerships are strengthened by exchange, training, example and by experience.
TARGETS partners in India hosted the annual partners' meeting in December 2008. The conference provided an inclusive opportunity for all MAAS-CHRD researchers to find out about the work undertaken by partners globally, as well disseminate their own findings in depth to both national and international research communities. Further links have been established between partners in Sub-Saharan Africa, where laboratory scientists from Uganda have established an exchange with the Zambian TB National Reference Laboratory and ZAMBART to share experiences testing for TB drug resistance.