About us

As most of the Sub-Saharan African Health Research Centres, CRSN has undergone profound changes over the past decades, from a local centre, cooperating with a single Northern partner (University of Heidelberg), to a national centre with diverse partners in the North, and, equally important, strong partnerships in the South. Nouna is successfully evolving by diversifying partnerships and funding. Heidelberg University continues to feel engaged with this partnership and is proud to facilitate this important process. North and South still have a long way to go to reduce the imbalance in research between developing and industrialized countries. At present the international research community is going through a demanding learning process. One of the results of this process is the growing awareness that results from scientific activities should not be the only criteria by which success is measured. The interaction between scientists and the public as well as between research and every day life is equally important. The University of Heidelberg and CRSN foster the idea of one, world-wide scientific community that meets the needs of the communities in which the research is conducted and contributes to world-wide sustainable development.

CRSN and the University of Heidelberg have adopted the 11 principles, formulated by the Swiss Commission for Research Partnership with Developing Countries. They invite partners from around the world to join in:

The 11 principles of partnership

1.   Decide on the objectives together
2.   Built up mutual trust
3.   Share information; develop networks
4.   Share responsibility
5.   Create transparency
6.   Monitor and evaluate collaboration
7.   Disseminate the results
8.   Apply the results
9.   Share profits equitably
10. Increase research capacity
11. Build on the achievements

Our main research focus:

  • To conduct community-based and clinical research
  • To develop Nouna district hospital and CRSN into a community and clinical trial site which meets international standards
  • DSS network based population research
  • To conduct multidisciplinary health research for health policy planning
  • To train health staff
  • Area of research:

    Biomedical Research - parasitology (malaria), microbiology (epidemic meningitis), virology (HIV/AIDS), entomology
    Clinical Research - on infectious diseases, in particular malaria, bacterial meningitis and HIV/AIDS. Clinical malaria trials, malaria case management and reproductive health
    Health System Research - treatment seeking behaviour, quality of care, health financing, translational research, health and equity, health and migration, and poverty reduction