PhD Programmes in Ghana and Zimbabwe

T-REC funds and supervises four African PhD students to research priority topics in blood transfusion in Africa. The aim is to train experts who can become leaders in transfusion research. The students were selected for their skills and enthusiasm to develop a long-term research career in blood transfusion in Ghana or Zimbabwe.



"Research in all fields is very important as it enables evidence-based policies to be put in place. It helps policy makers look at their various activities and realign according to the findings of the research projects. In Africa we are lacking that evidence. Clearly a lot is expected from these research projects, so that we are able to develop more evidence for policy decisions."

David Mvere, Chief Executive Officer, National Blood Service Zimbabwe



Meet our students




Tonderai Mapako:

Tonderai is based in Zimbabwe and works as a Planning, Information and Research Manager for the National Blood Service. His PhD focuses on risk-modelling in blood safety.

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Lucy Asamoah-Akuoko

Lucy is a medical resident in Accra, Ghana. Her PhD focuses on strategies to encourage repeat blood donations.

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Francis Sarkodie

Francis is a biomedical scientist at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital. His PhD focuses on syphilis testing in Ghana.

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Nyasha Mafirakureva

Nyasha trained as a regulatory pharmacist in Zimbabwe. His PhD focues on the haemovigilance system in Zimbabwe.

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