Every May 18, the world marks HIV Vaccine Awareness Day (HVAD). This day is commemorated to thank the thousands of volunteers, scientists, researchers, advocates, and communities who are working tirelessly to find an HIV vaccine. It is also an opportunity to provide information and updates about the HIV Vaccine research field. This year, Makerere University Walter Reed Project (MUWRP), embarked on a week-long mass media campaign to commemorate the day. The campaign aimed to raise awareness about HVAD, the HIV vaccine research field, and MUWRP’s HIV vaccine research work in Uganda with special focus on the upcoming RV 307/MAVEN study. Read more »
MAKERERE University Walter Reed Project (MUWRP) is to carry out trials for an HIV vaccine in July.
The project executive director, Dr. Hannah Kibuuka, told journalists during a media dialogue at their offices in Kampala that the trials would involve 120 participants. “These trials are commonly done in Uganda, Thailand and the US. We hope to involve 120 participants,” she said, adding that the age of those who will participate will be between 18 and 50 years. Uganda has conducted HIV vaccine trials since 1999. The first trial was conducted at the Joint Clinical Research Centre and since then, a number of trials have been conducted by the Makerere University Walter Reed Project and the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative in Entebbe. Kibuuka said Uganda has not yet conducted a vaccine trial to determine whether the candidate vaccines can prevent HIV infection. She, however, said such trials had been conducted in Thailand. Read more »
Uganda has partnered with the United States, Kenya and Tanzania to take part in a joint HIV/Aids vaccine trial.
The DNA vaccine trial, to be conducted by Makerere University Walter Reed Project, is in the first phase and will attract 42 participants from Uganda, 20 from Kenya and Tanzania and 12 from the United States. The trials will be hosted in the respective countries. Speaking during a meeting on HIV vaccines in Kampala yesterday, the executive director of Makerere University Walter Reed Project, Dr Hannah Kibuuka, said a different HIV vaccine trial was also expected to start soon, although she did not give details. “Right now we have HIV vaccine research on the agenda because we still have so many people getting infected. But if we get an HIV vaccine, it would be a great addition to the interventions that have been developed over the years to fight HIV,” Dr Kibuuka said. Read more »
Scott H. DeLisi ”Good afternoon! I am delighted to be here today with all of you as we mark World Health Day and the partnership between the U.S. Government and the People of Uganda. Together, we have done so much to create a healthier future for the citizens of this nation and we have even more to do to ensure that Uganda will have the healthy population it needs to take the country into a prosperous and productive future.
We have been partners in health for a very long time – USAID and the U.S. Peace Corps have been working in Uganda since its independence; the U.S. Centers for Disease Control has been collaborating with the Government of Uganda for over 20 years; the National Institutes of Health has been supporting collaborative research with Ugandan scientists since the 1960s and the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, part of our Department of Defense, has been working in country since the late 1990s. Read more »