BackgroundThe Ugandan Ministry of Health has endorsed voluntary medical male circumcision as an
HIV prevention strategy and has set ambitious goals (e.g., 4.2 million circumcisions by
2015). Innovative strategies to improve access for hard to reach, high risk, and poor populations
are essential for reaching such goals. In 2009, the Makerere University Walter Reed
Project began the first facility-based VMMC program in Uganda in a non-research setting.
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RV 156: A Phase I Clinical Trial to Evaluate the Safety and Immunogenicity of a Multiclade HIV-1 DNA Plasmid Vaccine, VRC-HIVDNA009-00-VP, in Uninfected Adult Volunteers in Uganda. Site Principal Investigator: Fred Wabwire-Mangeni, MBChB, PhD. Collaborations: Vaccine study conducted by US military Research Program and Makerere University Walter Reed Project. Vaccines provides by Vaccine Research Centre VRC/NIAID/NIH Bethesda Maryland. Background and rationale: the global impact of the HIV epidemic is staggering. In developing countries and segments of the US population, anti-HIV therapies are frequently beyond financial reach. Read Full Publication Here
The handover events were officially held on the 24th and 25th June 2014 in Mukono and Kayunga respectively. The well attended events included the presence of the MUWRP-PEPFAR representatives, Kayunga District Chief Administrative Officer, Kayunga and Mukono DHOs, Biostaticians, health inspectors and other district delegates.
The two District Health Offices were officially handed document centers and two Desktop computers each. These were graciously received and MUWRP-PEPFAR will further provide maintenance and support to this equipment. This will include among others Internet access and supply provisions like cartridges for the computers and document centers respectively. Read more »
As we celebrate HIV/AIDS Vaccine Awareness Day (HVAD), the Uganda HIV Vaccine Interest Group (VIG) wishes to share with the Ugandan community the efforts towards finding an HIV vaccine. We are committed to the vision of an AIDS-free generation in Uganda and globally through the development of a vaccine to prevent HIV. Currently, more than a million Ugandans are living with HIV and every year more than 140,000 Ugandans become newly infected with HIV, of these approximately 15,000 are children. This is in spite of Uganda’s efforts in increasing access to HIV treatment and prevention strategies which include education, voluntary counseling and testing, condom use, voluntary medical male circumcision and prevention of mother to child transmission.
To end the HIV epidemic, a safe, effective and widely accessible preventive HIV vaccine will be needed in addition to the existing prevention strategies. Vaccines are one of the most effective prevention tools known for many infectious diseases and therefore the world is looking at an HIV vaccine discovery as important landmark that will combat the epidemic. Read more »