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  • Pauline Byakika-Kibwika, winner of the HIVRT alumni scholarship to attend the HIV Drug Therapy Congress, Glasgow, 2018.



    HIV Research Trust alumni were asked to complete a survey describing how their HIVRT scholarship had impacted their professional and academic lives allowing Trustees to better understand how it affected patient outcomes in the scholar’s home setting. The Trustees assessed all survey responses and selected Pauline to receive the above award. Her story is summarised below.

    In 2010 Pauline attended a placement at Mahidol University, Thailand to obtain clinical pharmacology analytical skills to assist her in completing her PhD. Pauline’s PhD work contributed to the current knowledge on treatment of malaria in HIV-infected patients who are also receiving antiretroviral treatment. This work has been utilised and referenced by the World Health Organization in the current policy on treatment of malaria in HIV-infected individuals.

    After completion of her PhD, she was promoted to Associate Professor and currently heads the Infectious Diseases Unit at the Department of Medicine of Makerere University College of Health Sciences, Kampala, Uganda where they care for those who are affected with HIV and opportunistic infections - more than 200 HIV-infected inpatients and over 300 outpatients are seen each month.

    Pauline is also the Director of the Research Directorate at Makerere where her responsibilities include reviewing and guiding the research framework at the Department of Medicine and supervising Masters and PhD students’ research projects.
  • Joep Lange Institute Scholarship

    The HIV Research Trust is pleased to be collaborating with the Joep Lange Institute in providing a new annual named scholarship. The Trust and the Joep Lange Institute share common goals, putting patients at the heart of activity focused on resource-limited settings. This award is given to the individual who provides a research or training proposal that clearly demonstrates its purpose, the home institution benefit and its capacity building aspects, as well as alignment with the vision of the Joep Lange Institute.

    The Joep Lange Institute combines science, activism, and pragmatism to reach their goal: making health markets work for the poor where the system fails the people. Bad healthcare not only undermines the health of individuals, it drives families and communities into poverty. To achieve their goal, the Joep Lange Institute analyses the obstacles in healthcare and advocates scaling solutions that have real impact.

    2018 recipient of the Joep Lange Institute Scholarship through the HIV Research Trust

    I am Kennedy Michael Ngowi, Information Communication Technology (ICT) Administrator & Study Coordinator of Health Projects at the Kilimanjaro Clinical Research Institute, Kilimanjaro, Tanzania and I am pleased to have been awarded the 2018 Joep Lange Institute scholarship through the HIV Research Trust. For my scholarship, I will attend the Academic Medical Center Graduate School, Amsterdam, The Netherlands for advanced training on understanding scientific procedures to coordinate HIV clinical studies. This will assist with my PhD on improving adherence to ART by exploiting the large use of mobile phones as a reminder. The training will also assist with identifying systematic concepts, working guidelines and tools to manage PhD research. On my return to the home institution I hope to be able to train others and help build capacity on advanced research methods to improve HIV clinical trial activities at the Institute”.

    First recipient of the Joep Lange Institute Scholarship through the HIV Research Trust

    The first ever recipient of the Joep Lange Institute Scholarship through the HIV Research Trust is Dr. Goodluck Lyatuu, Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Manager, from Tanzania. Goodluck will attend an advanced course in epidemiological analysis at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK and will apply skills to investigate the effect of the World Health Organization (WHO) Option B+ intervention on outcomes in pregnant/breastfeeding women living with HIV and their infants, receiving antenatal care in routine settings. The course will enable Goodluck to improve design of the planned implementation studies to evaluate interventions to optimize Option B+ success in prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT). Undertaking this training will provide access to experienced researchers in epidemiological design and analysis and this will provide practical experience on key issues to observe in undertaking a large epidemiological study in routine care settings. Upon his return to the home institution, Goodluck will use the knowledge and skills acquired to strengthen systems for analysis and utilization of routine data to improve quality and outcomes of health interventions implemented by the institution.

    Application for the above scholarship is via the standard application process click here to find out more about applying online. Online applications for 2019  are now open. To apply please click here. The closing date for applications is Friday 12 October 2018.

     

    2018/19 TIMELINE

    • Online application for 2019 scholarships is now open. The closing date for applications is Friday 12 October 2018
    • 2019 scholarships announced late December 2018

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    The scholarships are for health care professionals in early/mid-career who are located in resource-limited settings from low-income and lower-middle-income countries working in the field of HIV infection. Read more to see if you are eligible.