Wednesday, 19 September 2018


The Office of the Director is responsible for providing the overall functional leadership necessary to ensure effective and efficient implementation of organizational policies and plans to achieve set objectives. The Office is also responsible for cultivating and maintaining mutually reinforcing institutional linkages and corporate relations to protect and promote UVRI’s strategic interests.

UVRI is currently a semi-autonomous department under the Ministry of Health (MoH). Within the context of the National Health Policy Vision .The Institute’s broad mission is to carry out scientific investigations concerning communicable diseases especially viral diseases of public health importance and to advise government on strategies for their control and prevention.

The Uganda National Health Research Organization Bill, 2009 (provides for UVRI to be part of a common research institutional super structure-UNHRO. UNHRO is a research coordinating institution and works very to ensure that all research agencies under it including UVRI harness their full potentials to become a world class research institution.

UVRI engages in health research pertaining to human infections and disease processes associated with or linked to viral aetiology and provides capacity building to target beneficiaries. The Institute’s programmatic activities currently comprise of:- Basic research

Applied research (intervention, diagnostics, clinical, operational), Social/economic research, Capacity building, and advice for regulation, policy development and quality improvement.

The Institute is organized under 7 major research divisions which are closely inter-related. Each division is headed by a Senior Principal Research Officer assisted by a Principal Research Officer, all of whom are under the supervision of the Institute Director. The scientific divisions are facilitated by administration and finance support services. There is, in addition, a major function of training that is spearheaded by a Training Committee and the UVRI Clinic that serves both Institute staff and the surrounding community and also undertakes research

The scientific program divisions include :-Immunology, Arbovirology/Emerging and re-emerging, General Virology, Ecology-Zoology, Entomology/Vector Biology, EPI Laboratory, Epidemiology & Data Management, and The Clinic

The UVRI Scientific Advisory Board revived

For the first time in more than a20 years UVRI revived its scientific advisory board. Foreign members of the Board include Prof. David Brown, Center for Infectious Health Protection Agency U.K; Dr. Jim Hughes, Emory University, and Prof. Walter Jaoko, University of Nairobi; Ugandan members include the Director General of Medical Services, Ministry of Health; Prof. George Kirya, Health Service Commission; and Dr. Samuel Okware, UNHRO. The Board held its first meeting at the Institute on 14 May.

The SAB will provide UVRI with independent scientific guidance and recommendations regarding direction and funding, will foster scientific excellence through advising on UVRI’s research direction and funding opportunity identifications and applications. This will enable UVRI to better achieve its mandate, mission and vision. SAB members are experienced scientists chosen to fill specific areas of expertise needed by UVRI. The Board will meet at least once a year in Uganda.



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