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September 20, 2013
Meet Dr. Francis Kiweewa: AFRICOS Site Investigator at the Makerere University Walter Reed Project, Uganda.

Meet Dr. Francis Kiweewa: AFRICOS Site Investigator at the Makerere University Walter Reed Project, Uganda 

Dr. Francis Kiweewa is an experienced research physician who has a special interest in HIV and how it interacts with health systems. Dr. Kiweewa’s research has focused on the evaluation of HIV treatment options including regimens for first and second-line HIV treatment and the treatment of opportunistic infections such as tuberculosis and cryptococcal meningitis. 

How is the AFRICOS study progressing in Uganda?

“Uganda is the first site to begin enrolling participants in the AFRICOS study at the Kayunga District Hospital. AFRICOS represents the largest research undertaking at that hospital. The team comprises two research nurses, a clinical officer, and at least three data staff who have achieved the experience, confidence and skills necessary to successfully implement the study. Each new study participant—there have already been more than 100 people enrolled—provides a learning experience for the team. Being the first site to begin enrolling participants for the study, our experience has helped to clarify and/or improve study processes and procedures.” 

What does the AFRICOS study represent for a country like Uganda? 

“The AFRICOS cohort provides a unique opportunity for HIV programming in the participating countries. The cohort promises to provide a better understanding of HIV and how HIV programming interacts with, or affects, health systems. A number of guidelines (care and treatment, HIV counseling and testing, prevention of mother-to-child transmission) used in Uganda are based on evidence from elsewhere, usually developed countries. AFRICOS has the potential to inform policy and revision of guidelines that are based on evidence generated from the participating country’s own context.”

Dr. Kiweewa has served as head of research and scientific affairs at the Makerere University Walter Reed Project since 2012. He completed his medical training at Makerere University in Uganda and received his MPH from Harvard University in 2009.

Dr. Kiweewa will present some of the first data from the AFRICOS study at the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene conference in November 2013:

3376 Early enrollment in the African Cohort Study (AFRICOS): Baseline volunteer characteristics and opportunities for collaboration

Late Breaker Abstract Session 29

Late Breakers in Clinical Tropical Medicine

Thursday, November 14, 2013, 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm