Thursday, 8 June 2017

U.S. expands infectious disease research and training partnership with Uganda

The government of Uganda and the United States signed an agreement to further their collaboration on infectious disease research and training.
The agreement that was signed in Kampala by US Ambassador to Uganda, Deborah R. Malac and Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Health, Dr Diana Atwine will enable further biomedical research cooperation between the two countries in preventing, diagnosing and treating the heavy burden of infectious diseases in Uganda.
Importance of the agreement
This new agreement will strengthen and expand the Uganda-U.S. partnership for training and research on HIV/AIDS, malaria and other emerging diseases.
Being an African leader in biomedical research; Uganda’s scientists and institutions play a key role in global infectious disease therefore, with this agreement, U.S. and Uganda scientists will share data, collaborate on research projects and benefit from training opportunities both in Uganda and in the U.S.  
Additionally, the agreement provides for the long-term placement of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) scientists in Uganda to focus on joint activities. It will also facilitate the continuation of the International Centers for Excellence in research program in Uganda.

Ambassador Malac noted the importance of this continued collaboration and its positive effects on the health of all Ugandans. “The U.S. government remains committed to supporting medical research that improves health across the globe, including Uganda,” she said adding. “We look forward to working together to develop new and improved ways to combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases that impact Ugandan and millions of others around the world.”

Sarah Tumwebaze

Media and Communications officer