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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.
  • 2007 Scholars

    Micah Oyaro from the Kenya AIDS Vaccine Initiative to visit Stellenbosch Medical virology Laboratory to learn techniques of viral identification and characterisation.

    Adriana Carr Perez of Centre of Molecular Immunology Havana to visit School of Medicine University of Buenos Aires to evaluate an immunopotentiator in HIV infection.

    Jing Zhang of Institute of AIDS/HIV Control and Prevention Shandong, China, to visit GAP (Global Aids Program) International Laboratory, Center for Disease Control and Prevention USA to learn advanced techniques for evaluating effects of retroviral therapy.

    Bright Kofi Sakyi of Botswana-Harvard HIV Reference Laboratory to receive further training at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine London.

    Tapash Roy currently at School of Pharmacy Nottingham UK, to complete field work for PhD as part of BRAC Health Programme in Bangladesh.

    Sarge-Njie Ramu Viral Disease programme Gambia, to visit Tulane University USA to learn techniques of making human monoclonal antibodies.

    Isaac Mwase of the SCOPE-OVC project Zambia, to visit the Training Centre for Development Cooperation Arusha, Tanzania, to learn advanced techniques of monitoring and evaluating outcomes.

    Agnes Kasirye Kiragga of Uganda Virus research Institute, to visit the School of Development studies University of East Anglia UK to receive further training in the analysis of longitudinal data.

    Esmie Kamanga
    HIV Programme Officer for Prevention of Mother to child transmission of HIV, Malawi, to visit Botswana-Baylor Children’s Centre of Excellence to learn techniques of identifying factors that influence uptake of care programmes in the community.

    Charles Kabugo
    of Nsambya Hospital Kampala Uganda to visit the Institute of tropical Medicine Antwerp to undertake a course of instruction on antiviral therapy.

    Baramhanya Hlerema
    of the National Institute of Health Research, Zimbabwe, to visit the Botswana-Harvard Partnership for HIV Research and Education to receive training in advanced diagnostic techniques in HIV infection.

    Sunil Arora
    of Department of Immunopathology, Chandigarh, India, to visit Laboratory of Clinical and Biological Studies Miller School of Medicine Florida to develop techniques of measuring immune response.

    Yan-Di Chang
    from Taiwan, currently Ph.D student at Columbia University, to visit Kwa-Zulu Natal for field work for his Ph.D.

    Sudha Chandrashekar
    Bangalore, India, who is part of evaluation of the Avahan project of modelling HIV infection in India, to undertake Masters degree in health economics at Pompeu Fabra University Barcelona Spain.


    • 11th Jan 2021: Applications Open
    • 7th March 2021: Applications Close
    • April 2021: Scholarships announced



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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.