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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.
  • Kenneth Ekoru
    Country Uganda
    Job Title Statistician
    Date of Scholarship June-July 2011 September-November 2011
    Host Country Bristol, UK and Pretoria, South Africa
    Scholarship 1 - Advanced Epidemiological and Statistical methods 2 - The practical application of mixed models


    The objectives of the scholarship were to:

    • Acquire skills in advanced epidemiological and statistical methods with focus on the use of mixed models
    • Network and create working collaboration with colleagues involved in similar analyses in the area of biomedical research

    In the first part of the scholarship I attended the advanced epidemiological and statistical methods course at the University of Bristol’s Department of Social and Community Medicine in the UK. The course covered important topics including analysis of clustered data and longitudinal data, missing data, casual inference using instrumental variables, propensity scores and time dependent confounding. I was awarded a certificate of completion. I was also able to meet and network with members of faculty and colleagues from different parts places.

    The second part of the scholarship was an attachment at the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) in Pretoria. My attachment was supervised by Prof. Samuel Manda. I gave an initial presentation to the staff in Pretoria outlining the purpose of my visit. In line with my interest, I was given access to journal articles on mixed models which greatly improved my knowledge in this area. Together with Samuel I then started work on analyzing longitudinal CD4 data collected on HIV patients receiving ART. I also drafted a paper comparing the initial treatment effect in HIV patients using multistate models and had an opportunity to visit the SAMRC Durban office where I learned about the studies and analyses they are doing. In the last week I attended the South African Statistical Association conference where I had the opportunity to meet and interact with many statisticians and researchers both from within and outside South Africa. We shared our experiences and I learned about analyses they were doing. This was an exciting and stimulating experience for me.

    The scholarship has improved my professional and interpersonal skills in significant ways and I am grateful to the HIV Research Trust for affording me the opportunity. I am also grateful to the Director of SAMRC Biostatistics unit and unit staff in Pretoria who made the attachment a worthwhile experience and the head of statistics at the MRC Uganda for supporting my application.



    • 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.