MUWRP participates in the USAID’s Emerging Pandemic Threats Program PREDICT project in laboratory analysis of the samples for a wide range of viruses with potential pandemic threat. The samples coming from Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania are analyzed at the EID laboratories at COVAB, Makerere main Campus.
Influenza surveillance in swine supported by St. Jude, aims at understanding the ecology of swine influenza viruses in Uganda. Swine samples are collected from an abattoir in the central region of the country and shipped for testing at the BSL-2 lab at Makerere University College of Veterinary Medicine, where the samples are screened for influenza viruses. Selected strains of positive samples are sent to NIAID CEIRS; Division of Virology, Department of Infectious Diseases, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and subjected to full genome sequencing for further characterization.
MUWRP has initiated the SAGES program in the UPDF. SAGES is a collection of modular, flexible, freely-available software tools designed by the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL) to facilitate enhancement or creation of electronic disease surveillance systems in resource-limited areas. SAGES Development is supported primarily by the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Centre Division of Global Emerging Infection Systems (AFHSC/GEIS) to promote adoption of electronicdisease surveillane by their military partners around the world.
Laboratory Capacity Building in the UPDF
MUWRP under EIDP was funded to implement this project to build capacity for infectious disease research and surveillance in the UPDF. This project aims to improve capacity to support prompt diagnosis of infectious diseases that are of International, Regional and National concern in compliance with IHR, enhance lab capacity to generate reliable and accurate data from clinical research, outbreak investigations and surveillance, and create capacity for epidemiological investigations and information management therefore reducing reporting turnaround time.
Molecular TB Drug resistance surveillance in Uganda using acid fast stained smears
This project is a sub-study of the Anti-microbial resistance surveillance and is implemented in collaboration with the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda MD. This study will evaluate the prevalence of drug resistant (including MDR, XDR) tuberculosis in the Bombo military hospital in Uganda using novel molecular techniques. In addition samples will be collected from the Mulago National Referral Hospital in Kampala, Jinja District Hospital, Gulu hospital and Bwera Hospital in Kasese Uganda.
MUWRP continues through its collaboration with Makerere University College of Veterinary medicine, and other institutions to provide capacity building and training to students (undergraduates and graduates) and partner staff through samples collection and lab diagnostics as a means of building national virologists capable of responding to pandemic threats.