What we do

Tuberculosis Research Advisory Council (TRAC) is a voluntary network of NTP and other relevant MoH Agencies, public research institutions, major national Universities and other key TB stakeholders. TRAC is a core technical advisory body to the Diseases Prevention and Control Directorate (DPCD/NTP) that sets TB research priorities and builds national capacity to conduct TB research.

Over the last 23 years TRAC has been actively engaged in the promotion, conduct and dissemination of operational research in TB control and has been a forum for dialogue and interaction between researchers and NTP staff in Ethiopia.

Since 2001, TRAC made tremendous achievements that has significant contribution for TB elimination endeavors of Ethiopia. 984 TB researches papers presented at Tuberculosis Research Advisory Committee annual conferences, on which;

  • World TB Day (WTD) commemorated
  • Side meetings held on priority National TB agendas
  • Donors re/confirm Commitments
  • Increased Number of participants and TB research paper presented 
  • Best TB research Abstract Award conducted Each year, and
  • Invited Guests from Different countries participated.

The following table provides details of the 17 rounds of TRAC annual Conferences held so far.

ConferenceDateParticipantsPapersHosting Institutions & Sponsors /FundersVenue
1st24-26/04/20015730AHRI, FMoH  ALERT
2nd26-27/08/20046310 AHRI (Sida/ NORAD) FMoH ALERT
3rd21-22/11/20067434AHRI, FMoHALERT
4th16-18/12/20086117AHRI, FMoH JHU and WHO-ET ALERT
5th21-23/10/20099427JU, WHO-ET, GF, TBCAPJU .Jimma
6th 6-8/06/201115045 UG TBCAP-I,  ITECH ,ICAP, FMoH/ GFATM,  WHO, etcUoG, Gondar
7th21-24/03/201234753Mekele University and Tigray RHB  FMoH/GFATM,WHO, ITECH, TBCARE-I, Heal Tb etc.Mekele
8th21 -24/03/2013489110EHNRI and  Addis Ababa CAHB FMoH/GFATM,EHNRI, TBCARE-I, PHSP, WHO, Heal TB,  UCSD, etcAddis Ababa
9th21-24/03/201455041HU and SNNPR – RHB FMoH/GFATM,EHNRI, TBCARE-I, PHSP, WHO, Heal TB,  UCSD, etcHU, Hawassa
10th21 -24/03/201540053ORHB , Arsi University , AHMC, FMoH/GFATM, ORHB, CHTB/KNCV, MSH/HEALTB,GLRAGAG, Adama
11th21-24/03/201640067DDU and DDARH, DD, DD RHB, HU, FMoH, ICAP, GLRA, CTB…               DDU, Dire Dawa & HU, Haramaya
12th21-24/03/201736074AAU , St.peter , AA RHB , FMoH , Other partners    AAU, Addis Ababa
13th21_24/03/2018                  60060EPHI, AHRI, FMoH, WHO-ET, CDC, CTB                  EPHI
14th23 -24/03/2019  36046Afar RHB, SU, GLRA, CTB, CDC, CHAI, AHRI, WHO-ET..SMH, Afar
15th22-24/03/202132848AHRI,FMoH and AACAHBEPHI, Addis Ababa
16th22 -24/03/202224439Hawassa University and Sidama RHBHU, Hawassa
17th22-24/03/202333034UoG and ARHBUoG,
18th22-24/03/2024TBDTBDSPHMMC & AAHBEPHI
TRAC TB Conferences Detail

Twelve rounds of capacity building trainings, on field research methods and epidemiology, provided for 224 Trainees among which 34 of them participated and played a pivotal role in the first TB surveillance in Ethiopia.

Another 3 rounds of extensive training on operational research provided for 53 trainees. In addition to that 17 TB researchers and program managers trained on Impact assessment framework while 13 others provided with systematic review and meta-analysis training.

In 2023 two rounds of capacity building training provided on Tuberculosis Operational research, through the Tuberculosis commitment grant funded by USAID’s TIFA, for 40 regional TB program managers and research fellows.

Thanks for the volunteer members of TRAC the following three research roadmaps has also been issued.