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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.
  • Dr Elizabeth A. Bukusi

    Dr Elizabeth A. Bukusi is a Chief Research Officer and the Deputy Director Research and Training at Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI). Her primary areas of interest in research focus on sexually transmitted infections, reproductive health and HIV prevention, care and treatment. In 1995, she established the Research Care and Training Program (RCTP) at KEMRI in collaboration with Dr. Craig Cohen (UCSF). In addition to conducting research, the goal of the program is to enhance local capacity to conduct socio-behavioral and biomedical research and provide HIV care through training and infrastructure development. In addition to her substantial experience in conducting research in Kenya, as well as providing HIV care, mentoring and training different cadres of health care and research personnel, she has an interest in research and clinical ethics and the development of systems and structures for regulation of research at KEMRI and in the country. She chairs the Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) at KEMRI in addition to overseeing scientific regulation. She has served on the Scientific and Technical Advisory Board of the Department of Reproductive Health and Research at WHO. She also served on the MIRA (Diaphragm) study, the CAPRISA 004 DSMB, and the LEAP DSMB (DNDi) and currently serves on the IPM Ring study DSMB, and as the co-chair of the HPTN's women at risk committee. In addition to being a member of the Kenya National AIDs Control Committee (NACC) HIV prevention task force, she is the chairperson of the National Bioethics Society of Kenya and was recently appointed to serve on the Board of Management of the Medical Research Council (MRC) South Africa.



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



    If you are interested in applying for a scholarship find out more below:



    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.