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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.
  • ASM Shahabuddin
    Country Bangladesh
    Job Title Pre-doc Researcher
    Date of Scholarship 6 February - 30 March 2012
    Host Institution Institute for Population and Social Research (IPSR), Mahidol University, Thailand
    Scholarship Title Training on Social Research Methods and Statistics for Social Analysis

    This was really a good experience and great learning opportunity for me to have attended the training program on "Social Research Methods and Statistics for Social Analysis" within the Institute for Population and Social Research (IPSR), Mahidol University, Thailand.

    During the program, I studied the different key aspects of social research methodology, including developing research questions, defining study objectives, formulating research and statistical hypothesis, planning research implementation steps, defining sample size and characteristics, developing questionnaire and finalizing research proposals. I also studied how to select the appropriate significant statistical analysis method depending on the study objectives, including univariate, bivariate and multivariate analysis.

    The training created a great opportunity for me to extend and deepen my knowledge in two major statistical softwares: SPSS and STATA and referencing software: End Note. The teachers used practical examples from their own research work and gave me the possibility to apply my knowledge on real cases. Within statistical software, I got the chance to know many more functionalities than I knew before and this new knowledge has helped me in implementation of several research in the field of reproductive health and HIV/AIDS.

    As a conclusion on my knowledge gain, I can say that I am really satisfied with the training which drastically increased my understanding and skills on both research methods and data analysis. The training truly acted as a precious asset in my career and somehow the knowledge I have acquired encouraged and helped me to enrol in a doctoral program on global health.

    Through my experience at IPSR, Mahidol University, I witnessed the high quality of the teachings, aiming both for excellence and for a humanist approach of social sciences. Hence, thanks to the scholarship, I got the opportunity to learn from key experts in Thailand, who demonstrated both a strong professionalism and an appropriate human approach. I would like to express my deep gratitude to HIV Research Trust for providing me with such a unique opportunity and at the same time such great encouragement for me to work in the field of HIV/AIDS and reproductive health.



    • 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.