Ruhuna-Duke Centre for Infectious Diseases (RDCID) is an official collaboration between the Faculty of Medicine, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka, and Duke University, USA
The Faculty of Medicine, University of Ruhuna, and the Hubert-Yeargan Center (HYC) for Global Health forged a research and educational collaboration in May 2006 in partnership with the Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI), Duke University, USA, in an effort to facilitate bi-directional collaboration on health-related research and student/clinician training exchanges.
The South Asian tsunami disaster of 2004, which severely affected the city of Galle, was the initial impetus for the Ruhuna-Duke collaboration. Since its inception, the collaboration has focused on epidemiologic and clinical research in infectious diseases, community medicine, and social and economic development. The program has given opportunities for both Duke and Ruhuna trainees and faculty to engage in clinical activities and research projects.
Over the past 15 years, the Duke-Ruhuna Collaboration has received over $3 million in research funding, including over $2 million in US federal funding. The Collaboration has supported a staff of more than 50 research personnel including administrative staff, research assistants, data entry operators, and lab technicians, all of whom have contributed invaluably to the projects.
Vision and Mission
The long-term vision of the RDCID is to serve as a centre of research and educational excellence for the Southern Province, Sri Lanka, with the mission of improving health in Sri Lanka and more regionally. This vision will be accomplished by continuing impactful and rigorous research studies in infectious diseases, serving as a training center for local and foreign personnel in research methodology and statistics, and liaising with local physicians and the Ministry of Health to communicate findings. Ultimately, surveillance for infectious diseases will be integrated into the laboratory structure such that the RDCID serves as a reference center for the Southern Province.