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Chronic Disease Initiative for Africa

The Chronic Disease Initiative for Africa (CDIA) is a network of multidisciplinary researchers and policymakers drawn from three major tertiary academic institutions in Cape Town (University of Cape Town, Stellenbosch University and University of the Western Cape), the South African Medical Research Council, Harvard University and representatives from local and national Departments of Health


The Centre serves as a regional hub for developing and evaluating models of chronic disease care and the prevention of their risk factors. 

Since the launch in November 2009, the CDIA network has expanded to include members from Malawi, Kenya and Botswana and locally from the University of Pretoria and the University of WitwatersrandThe Centre is part of an 11 centre Global Health Initiative (GRAND South) focussing on non-communicable disease research in the developing world that was initially funded by the United Health Chronic Disease Initiative and the National Heart Lung Blood Institute (NHLBI). 

CDIA is involved in the postgraduate training of 7 local and 6 international students, registered at 5 national and international universities. 

CDIA is unique in Africa in that it strives to connect scientists in an expanding collaborative network in order to optimize the contribution of the limited number of researchers on chronic diseases in the region. Our vision is the reductions of the burden of chronic diseases and their risk factors in Africa.

CDIA Newsletters

May 2016 Issue 10 | October 2015 Issue 9 | July 2015