Thursday, 18 October 2018

On Campus Collaborators

The UVRI team implements various programmes with various organizations on its Entebbe Campus and other sites.

Medical Research Council

The MRC/UVRI Uganda Research Unit on AIDS part of the UK Medical Research Council (MRC),

is integrated into the Uganda Virus Research Institute. The Unit was established following a request in 1988 from the Government of Uganda to the British Government for assistance in the fight against to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. 

The Unit is based at Entebbe and has three field stations: Masaka Town, Kyamulibwa Sub county (Masaka District) and Jinja Town. It has study clinics at these field stations, but also at the premises of Entebbe and Masaka Hospitals. In addition, collaborative clinical projects have been established with St Francis Hospital, Nsambya and with Mulago Hospital, Kampala, with the AIDS Information Centre (AIC), Kampala and with The AIDS Support Organisation (TASO) at several centres.

International AIDS Vaccine Initiative 

The International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) is a global not for profit organization working to ensure the development of safe, effective, accessible and affordable preventive HIV vaccines for use throughout the world.

Founded in 1996, IAVI is operational in more than 20 countries. In Uganda, the program started in August 2001 as a facility for phase I/II HIV vaccine trials, following the signing of a memorandum of understanding with Government of Uganda. The UVRI-IAVI HIV Vaccine Program is conducting clinical trials of HIV vaccine candidates and IAVI, in partnership with the Medical Research Council (MRC), is sponsoring studies that will provide important information to the vaccine development process. 

Rakai Health Sciences Program 

The Rakai Health Sciences Program (RHSP) formerly the Rakai Project was established in 1987 by a team of Ugandan and American scientists. Over the years, it has conducted HIV prevention studies, basic and clinical laboratory research, and operations research/evaluation to develop improved strategies of service delivery.

It is one of the largest and oldest community-based research endeavors on HIV/AIDS, associated infections and reproductive health, in Africa. In the past years, the RHSP has become more involved in research on malaria, TB, STIs and other infections which affect a large proportion f the Rakai population, whether or not they have HIV. 

U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 Work for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Uganda started in 1991, contributing technical leadership and direct assistance to Government of Uganda and nongovernmental organizations in Uganda.

In 1997, CDC set up its own centre at the Uganda Virus Research Institute campus in Entebbe. CDC’s support aims to advance science-based public health initiatives and programs.

In Uganda, CDC programmes focus on: disease surveillance, strengthening public health system, building the public health workforce, monitoring and evaluation and laboratory strengthening.

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