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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...

February 27, 2009
U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria Visits Defense Health Club

The U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Robin Renée Sanders, presented equipment purchased by the U.S. Government to Mogadishu Cantonment’s Defense Health Club, a support group for People Living with HIV/AIDS. The donated equipment, which includes sewing and knitting machines, will enable members of the support group to learn new skills and generate income.

The Health Club is supported by MHRP’...

January 22, 2009
PEPFAR Releases Fifth Annual Report to Congress

The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief released Celebrating Life: Fifth Annual Report to Congress on PEPFAR (2009).

The report discusses the role of America’s partnerships under the PEPFAR program and includes detailed data to showcase the accountability of PEPFAR’s comprehensive programming in prevention, care and treatment.

To download highlights and facts sheets...

January 15, 2009
Community Relations: Uganda Participates in Kampala Marathon

The Makerere University Walter Reed Project (MUWRP) in Uganda recently participated in the Kampala Marathon. This Marathon attracted a total of 10,800 participants, and MUWRP fielded 30 participants on a corporate team.

Participating in this public event helped promote the MUWRP as an organization and increase community understanding about their research activities.

MUWRP staff...

January 15, 2009
Training for HIV diagnosis and treatment monitoring in Nigeria

The DoD HIV Program - Nigeria facilitated two training workshops on HIV diagnosis and treatment monitoring for medical laboratory scientists in Nigeria. The two-week training enrolled participants from 14 military hospitals across Nigeria. They helped to establish the 445NAF Hospital Laboratory in Ikeja, Lagos as a Laboratory Training Centre for the Nigerian military. Military and civilian...