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The Novel Education Clinical Trainees and Researchers Programme, NECTAR, is a grant awarded to the University Of Zimbabwe College Of Health Sciences, UZCHS, for the implementation of a programme to improve medical education and strengthen research capacity at the College, for the period 2010-2015. This will be achieved through its 3 awards, namely, NECTAR, CHRIS and IMHERZ.
The UZCHS is the only institution training doctors and medical specialists in Zimbabwe. The College, which was initially the Medical School was established in 1962. It has now grown to a multidisciplinary institution training a broad cadre of health professionals.

The consortium involved in MEPI Zimbabwe consists of USA and African institutions in addition to local institutions affiliated to the UZCHS. The partner institutions are University of Colorado, Denver; Stanford University; University College London; King’s College London (Institute of Psychiatry); Bristol University and University of Cape Town. The local partners are the Biomedical Research and Training Institute (BRTI); Institute of Continuing Medical Education (ICHE) and the Clinical Epidemiology Resource and Training Centre (CERTC).

The NECTAR Program is dedicated to advancing the mission of the Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI) by supporting and facilitating UZCHS health research conducted by the Faculty and international investigators, building partnerships with health research and medical education institutions and training the next generation of scientists to address Zimbabwe and global health needs.

NECTAR’s vision is a UZCHS in which the frontiers of health education and research extend across the Faculty Departments and advances in science are implemented to reduce the burden of disease, promote health and extend longevity for all Zimbabweans.

• Increase the number and improve the proficiency of University of Zimbabwe College of Health Science (UZCHS) medical graduates in President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). Priority areas - HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria (P), cardiovascular conditions (L) and mental health disorders (L).

• Improve the retention of UZCHS graduates in Zimbabwe and increase the proportion of recent graduates who practice in Zimbabwe, serve as faculty in Zimbabwe, conduct research and are engaged in PEPFAR health priority areas (P), cardiovascular conditions (L) and mental health disorders (L).

• Improve the recruitment and retention of academic faculty at UZCHS by transforming the UZCHS academic environment, creating new and sustainable educational and clinical partnerships and research opportunities (P).

• Develop closer relationships between UZCHS and US, UK, and South African consortium institutions to support multi-disciplinary mentoring and teaching.

• Monitor the impact of the project and provide comprehensive external summative evaluation.