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We're at the forefront of the battle against HIV to protect U.S. troops from infection and to reduce the global impact of the disease.
With U.S. troops deployed around the world, it is our mission to both protect U.S. military personnel and serve the international community by reducing risk of HIV-1 infection.
MHRP is at the forefront of the battle against HIV to protect U.S. troops from infection and to reduce the global impact of the disease. While its primary focus is developing a globally effective HIV-1 vaccine, the program provides prevention, care and treatment through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
MHRP is centered at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR), U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command.
MHRP was authorized by Congress in 1986, and since has become a leader in international efforts to combat HIV. With five sites in Africa and Asia, the program’s growth has been achieved through the combination of strong vaccine science, the careful development of research sites, and partnerships with key research institutions in the U.S. and host countries.
The integration of prevention, care and treatment has helped MHRP build strong and trusting relationships with the communities in which research is conducted, while providing an ethical framework to conduct HIV clinical research.
The program’s network includes international laboratory and clinical research capabilities. MHRP has developed research sites in Tanzania, Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda and Thailand. MHRP’s main laboratories are located in Rockville, Maryland.
U.S. Ambassador to Tanzania Alfonso E. Lenhardt recently visited MHRP’s site in Tanzania to inaugurate a new specialized TB laboratory at the Mbeya Referral Hospital.
This HIV Vaccine Awareness Day, we reflect upon how much we've learned in the quest for an effective vaccine. While we don't have a vaccine yet, we know a vaccine is possible and will be a critical tool to help end the epidemic.
In a ceremony held May 1, Col. Nelson Michael received the Hero of Military Medicine Award for the U.S. Army for his excellence as an HIV researcher and leader in global health.
A research team led by the Duke and MHRP won the “Best Academic Research Team” award at the 6th Vaccine Industry Excellence Awards ceremony at the World Vaccine Congress.