Rakai Health Sciences Program

Improved Health through Research
 To conduct innovative and relevant health research in infectious diseases, communicable and non-communicable diseases, and reproductive health and to provide health related services in order to improve public health and inform policy. With that RHSP, initially the Rakai Project was started to provide a better understanding of the epidemiology of HIV/AIDS in Rakai district of Uganda, of HIV in this country.
Over the years the program has the drivers of the epidemic and the design of appropriate interventions to stem the epidemic, treatment of AIDS patients, provision of appropriate preventive therapy against opportunistic infections and preparing for testing of ART resistance. Collaboration with the community has been excellent and RHSP is among the leaders in the interaction between researchers, community and healthy policy markers at the Ministry of health.
Our scientific team and principal investigators work to ensure that initial RHSP studies focus on understanding the epidemiology of the HIV epidemic in Rakai District and established a population-based cohort for this purpose. The original cohort study conducted annual surveys of 1,280 randomly selected adults in 21 villages. From this modest beginning, with three researchers and a survey/data team of 12, the collaborative efforts have grown into a unique multidisciplinary research, training and service program with 13 principal investigators, nine of whom are Ugandan, and over 350 full time Ugandan professional, technical and support staff.