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HIV Node

HIV Node

HIV-AIDS is a security threat of great public health concern in EACCR. This Node is where HIV-specific networking and research capacity-building activities will be handled/implemented. The HIV Node is located at Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) and is led by a Coordinator, Dr. Bernard Kikaire. He is supported by the Project Implementation Committee which guides and oversees the operations of this node. 

The broad aim for this Node is to strengthen capacity and networking in the East African region in the conduct of best practices and clinical trials on HIV/AIDS amongst partner institutions. This will be done through:

  • Exposing personnel to both short- and long- term training opportunities (both professional and academic enhancing) offered within the network umbrella to fill existing institutional expertise gaps
  • Organising exchange visits to share best practices among personnel from Node affiliated institutions
  • Establishing a Node mentorship scheme
  • Piloting a reciprocal clinical monitoring scheme
  • Developing formal systems for sharing information on HIV-specific issues in the network
  • Exploring opportunities for joint research applications to enhance linkages, collaborations and securing of additional funding
  • Promoting infrastructural upgrades and improving HIV research skills in up-coming sister institutions.

HIV Node Achievements

Training and Mentorships

5 PhDs 

6 MScs

146 Trained in Short Courses 

Short Courses Conducted 

Basic Epidemiology and Bio statistics

HIV Immunology Training 

Research Ethics and Good Clinical Practice (GCP)

Reciprocal Monitoring Scheme Training 

Infrastructural Upgrades

Nsambya Hospital lab upgrade and computer installation.

Masaka Regional Referral Hospital received a computer and printer for their Research Ethics Office (REC).

Majengo and Pasua in Moshi clinical upgrade 

Mwananyamala Clinical upgrade under NIMR Dar es Salaam. 

Jaramogi hospital and Tabitha clinic in Nairobi.

UVRI Clinic upgrade and Data management capacity 

University of Rwanda got funds to buy a hematology analyzer for their research clinic

Clinical Epidemiological Studies

PV Study in KCRI and Nsambya Hospital

Grants applied For

Adolescents with behavioral challenges – to EDCTP

Post-trial access to collaboration with University of Oslo and Copenhagen – to Volkswagen Foundation

Knowledge Management in Science with Makerere University – to EDCTP