Thursday, 18 October 2018


The UVRI engages in health research pertaining to human infections and disease processes associated with or linked to viral aetiology and provides expert advice, enables partnerships and communication and serves as a center for training and education.

 UVRI, an agency for environmental health and protection, is always engages in emergency preparedness. We are home to several national and international reference and specialized testing laboratories. We are involved in regulation and policy development and continuous quality improvement and performs as a disease prevention, control and epidemiology center.

UVRI conducts public health related research. The Institute’s programmatic activities currently comprise of the following areas:

  • Basic research
  • Applied research (intervention, diagnostics, clinical, operational)
  • Social/economic research
  • Capacity building through infrastructure and human resource development
  • Advice for regulation, policy development and quality improvement
  • Innovation

Functions of UVRI

 The Institute functions include: 

· Involved Disease prevention, control and microbiology epidemiology

· Conducts basic and public health related research

· Involved in emergency preparedness

· Engaged in reference and specialised testing

· Participates in environment health and protection

· Provides expert advice on prevention and clinical issues.

· Enables partnerships and communication 

· Offers training and education to an array of professions such as scientists, clinicians, public health specialists and environmental officers.

UVRI Structure

The Institute is organized under 5 major technical and 2 administrative programmes which are closely inter-related. Each programme is headed by a Senior Principal Research Officer assisted by a Principal Research Officer, all of whom are under the supervision of the Institute’s Director. The scientific programmes are facilitated by administration and finance support services. In addition, there is a training function spearheaded by a Training Committee and the UVRI Clinic that serves both Institute staff and the surrounding community; and also undertakes research.

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