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June 24, 2009
MHRP Leadership Meets with the President of Tanzania

Ongoing collaborative public health and medical research activities were the focus of important discussions between MHRP and the President of Tanzania on June 18, 2009 in Dar es Salaam.

A delegation from the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR), led by COL Nelson Michael, Director MHRP, met with the President of Tanzania H.E Jakaya Kikwete to discuss HIV, pandemic influenza...

June 18, 2009
Community Events Promote HIV Vaccine Awareness in Kenya

May 18—HIV Vaccine Awareness Day—promotes the continued urgent need for a vaccine to prevent HIV infection and AIDS. It is also acknowledges the vital contributions of approximately 20,000 volunteers enrolled in AIDS vaccine trials around the world today who have selflessly committed to advancing research.

In recognition, Walter Reed Project-Kenya held community events that educated...

June 8, 2009
Community and Media Events Promote Vaccine Importance in Uganda

May 18—HIV Vaccine Awareness Day (HVAD)—is an annual observance to recognize and thank the thousands of volunteers, community members, health professionals, and scientists who are working together to find a safe and effective HIV vaccine.

In recognition, Makerere University Walter Reed Project-Uganda jointly held community activities and media events to educate the community about the...

May 27, 2009
Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete Visits the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research

Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete met with military medical researchers at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) Saturday, May 23 to review and discuss U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) infectious disease research efforts. During his visit to Washington DC, he also visited with President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

President Jakaya Kikwete and his...

May 20, 2009
Contraception Use During HIV Vaccine Trial

MHRP researchers examined contraceptive use in women who were enrolled in a phase I/IIa HIV clinical trial in Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya. The results were recently published on PLoS One, an open-access online journal.

Women of childbearing potential are required to use effective contraception during their participation in HIV prevention trials, since little or no human data exist...

May 14, 2009
HIV Vaccine Awareness Day 2009

By: COL Nelson Michael

As we mark HIV Vaccine Awareness Day on May 18, I’d like to reflect on the advances we have made in the HIV field and acknowledge the people who make this progress possible.

Over the last 20 years, the medical community has made tremendous strides in understanding this extremely complex and evasive virus. This knowledge has advanced several HIV vaccine...

May 2, 2009
Fitness training and events help increase HIV prevention awareness in Kenya

Staff with MHRP’s prevention, care and treatment program in Kericho—called the Walter Reed Project—have developed a number of creative ways to teach the community about HIV prevention, especially with young people. In Kenya, where 7% of the population is HIV positive and only one out of three know their status (2007 Kenya AIDS Indicator Survey), educating youth about the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and...

May 1, 2009
Clinical center expands and enhances care in Mbeya, Tanzania

Prior to the January 2008 opening of the Mbeya Center for Infectious Diseases, also referred by some as the Center of Excellence (COE), Mbeya Referral Hospital’s (MRH) HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment Center (CTC) was housed in the main hospital complex where it lacked privacy and was plagued by overcrowding.

With the opening of the COE, the approach to HIV/AIDS treatment has significantly...

March 23, 2009
IRIS Study Opens in Kericho, Kenya

The U.S. Military HIV Research Program (MHRP) recently opened a new study in Kericho, Kenya studying the Immune Reconstitution Syndrome (IRIS) in HIV-1 infected patients. This cohort observational study will evaluate the predictors, incidence, clinical presentation and immunopathogenesis of IRIS in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV-1) infected patients with CD4 Count <100 cells/µL who are...

March 16, 2009
Family day at an HIV clinic in Tanzania

Written by volunteer Catherine Clansky

During the week, the Mbeya Referral Hospital’s care and treatment center, known as the Center of Excellence (COE), is packed with adults seeking services for HIV/AIDS as well as a variety of other diseases. Saturdays, however, have a distinctly different feel. The hundred plus adults of a typical day are replaced by thirty to fifty HIV positive...