The African Regional Training Centre (ARTC) was established in 2014 with support from the World Health Organization (WHO) Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR). The centre was set up to strategically lead Implementation Research (IR) capacity building in the African region where unforeseen barriers and context specific complexities impede access to efficacious tools making interventions unable to reach target populations, hence suboptimal health outcomes. Ability to bridge this gap calls for the application of dynamic research tools that promote effective identification of implementation barriers, as well as solutions to address them, with close attention paid to context. In this regard the ARTC has developed the Implementation Research short course to provide fundamentals of Implementation Research. The African Regional Training Centre is hosted by the University of Ghana School of Public Health, and run by faculty of the School.
The ARTC is one of six (6) Regional Training Centres (RTCs) established and supported by TDR-WHO within LMIC settings. Other RTCs located in South America, Asia, and Europe are: