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Cerebrovascular, Heart Failure, Rheumatic heart disease Interventions Strategy

Background
The Cerebrovascular Heart Failure, Rheumatic Heart Disease Intervention Strategy (CHRIS) is a linked award to the NECTAR programmatic award and aims at improving medical training and research capacity development in cardiovascular diseases, with a special focus on these conditions in Zimbabwe.

The CHRIS programme is designed to address human resource constraints, training needs and research capacity strengthening in cardiovascular disease/stroke at the UZCHS. This programme recognizes the dire need for services and research in non-communicable diseases in Zimbabwe.

Objectives
The broader objective of the CHRIS award is to address human resource constraints and training needs in cardiovascular medicine at the University of Zimbabwe, College of Health Sciences. This will be achieved through a number of strategies which are outlined below;

  • Integration of a focused cardiovascular curriculum into the existing medical school curriculum including application of this curriculum in rural communities.
  • Initiation of a Cardiovascular Clinical Scholars  Program (CCSP) aimed at providing highly motivated and undergraduate and postgraduate students with the knowledge and skills necessary to become effective academic physicians in cardiovascular diseases,
  • Engagement of UZCHS undergraduates, postgraduates and faculty in research methodology including survey methods in rural communities and creation of an academic environment at UZCHS through the establishment of a Research Support Centre and a Medical Education Teaching and Learning Centre to champion training in research competency and modern teaching methods.