Fieldwork

Staff recruitment, training and management, and data and sample collection.

We have an international network of supervisors, field workers, nurses, trainers, drivers and counsellors who assist us in implementing our studies. We recruit staff for research projects from a national network of experienced field workers in addition to recruiting from local and neighbouring areas. All staff are trained in interview techniques, informed consent procedures, data collection tools, Good Clinical Practices, Human Subjects Protection, quality control and assurance, safety, post-exposure prophylaxis, methods of record keeping and the maintenance of laboratory related study files. Regional managers are responsible for the management of the field staff.

Fieldwork staff conduct informed consent procedures and administers standardized interviews using Mobenzi Researcher on a personal digital assistant.

Epicentre has years of experience in collecting dry and venous blood samples, vaginal swabs, and urine and TB samples. We are also able to conduct rapid HIV tests and have samples processed by Global Labs and NICD for HIV testing, viral load, CD4, Lag testing, STI tests, pregnancy, TB, HIV resistance and genotyping testing.

All lab samples are linked to participant questionnaires by using barcodes. We ensure that our lab samples reach the laboratory through a robust sample management system. This ensures that no samples are lost in transit. Our automated electronic reports verify if the samples have reached the lab from the field, in real time. This report is then sent to our data office within 12 hours of the sample reaching the lab, on a daily basis.

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Study preparation

Study preparation

Epicentre assists with protocol writing, developing a sampling strategy, obtaining ethics approval, community preparation and the development of data collection tools.

Data management, analysis and publication writing

Data management, analysis and publication writing

We clean and review the data as it is collected, and partner with researchers for the analysis and writing up of the results.

Designing 90-90-90 programme strategies

Designing 90-90-90 programme strategies

We assist organisations in designing personalised 90-90-90 programme strategies to achieve that 90% of employees know their HIV status; 90% of those that know their status are on ARVs; and 90% of those on ARVs are virally suppressed.