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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.
  • Emmanuel Nshom
    Country Cameroon
    Job Title Supervisor, Data Management
    Date of Scholarship May-July 2010
    Host Country London, UK
    Scholarship Affiliate Academic Programme, UCL HIV Epidemiology and Biostatistics Group



    The objectives of the programme included:

    • To acquire advanced data-analysis skills necessary to analyse the results of this CORE research project and to work on more complex HIV data analyses in the future.
    • To create programmes in stata software. This will be used to analyse the final CORE study data.
    • To create a working collaboration with statistics colleagues and possibly between our organisations.

    My programme started with an opportunity to participate in a one week workshop on methodological and statistical issues in HIV clinical research and to participate in a departmental academic seminar which revised the theory I learned in school. Thereafter, my work plan for the three months was prepared and discussed with my contact.

    Work progress was very interactive between my mentor and me. She provided quick feedback and guidance on the work and we discussed any concerns I had. All resources including books and library access were made available to me.

    With the supervision of my mentor, I developed programmes that will be used to perform the final analysis of the operations research study on my return to Cameroon. I developed a draft of the article based on preliminary data which will be improved for publication. I was also able to lead in the development of a poster from the preliminary data that was presented at Vienna IAS in July 2010.

    I am returning to Cameroon feeling confident to continue and complete work on the research analysis. In addition, my contact and other colleagues at UCL are willing to continue to support me in my work through ongoing communication. Although no formal collaboration exists between our institutions, a work relationship has been established between us and the staff of UCL HIV Epidemiology and Biostatistics Unit is welcoming and very friendly.

    I am appreciative of the sponsorship from the HIV Research Trust and thankful to the staff of UCL HIV Epidemiology and Biostatistics Unit who paid close attention to my work and guided me.



    • 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.