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The Office of the Director is responsible for providing the overall functional leadership necessary to ensure effective and efficient implementation of organizational policies and plans to achieve set objectives. The Office is also responsible for cultivating and maintaining mutually reinforcing institutional linkages and corporate relations to protect and promote UVRI’s strategic interests.
UVRI is currently a semi-autonomous department under the Ministry of Health (MoH). Within the context of the National Health Policy Vision .The Institute’s broad mission is to carry out scientific investigations concerning communicable diseases especially viral diseases of public health importance and to advise government on strategies for their control and prevention.
The Uganda National Health Research Organization Bill, 2009 (provides for UVRI to be part of a common research institutional super structure-UNHRO. UNHRO is a research coordinating institution and works very to ensure that all research agencies under it including UVRI harness their full potentials to become a world class research institution.
UVRI engages in health research pertaining to human infections and disease processes associated with or linked to viral aetiology and provides capacity building to target beneficiaries. The Institute’s programmatic activities currently comprise of:- Basic research
Applied research (intervention, diagnostics, clinical, operational), Social/economic research, Capacity building, and advice for regulation, policy development and quality improvement.
The Institute is organized under 7 major research divisions which are closely inter-related. Each division is headed by a Senior Principal Research Officer assisted by a Principal Research Officer, all of whom are under the supervision of the Institute Director. The scientific divisions are facilitated by administration and finance support services. There is, in addition, a major function of training that is spearheaded by a Training Committee and the UVRI Clinic that serves both Institute staff and the surrounding community and also undertakes research
The scientific program divisions include :-Immunology, Arbovirology/Emerging and re-emerging, General Virology, Ecology-Zoology, Entomology/Vector Biology, EPI Laboratory, Epidemiology & Data Management, and The Clinic
The UNHRO Board visited the Institute in December 2010
The UVRI Scientific Advisory Board revived
For the first time in more than a20 years UVRI revived its scientific advisory board. Foreign members of the Board include Prof. David Brown, Center for Infectious Health Protection Agency U.K; Dr. Jim Hughes, Emory University, and Prof. Walter Jaoko, University of Nairobi; Ugandan members include the Director General of Medical Services, Ministry of Health; Prof. George Kirya, Health Service Commission; and Dr. Samuel Okware, UNHRO. The Board held its first meeting at the Institute on 14 May.
Open session of the UVRI Scientific Advisory Board held on the 14 May 2010
The SAB will provide UVRI with independent scientific guidance and recommendations regarding direction and funding, will foster scientific excellence through advising on UVRI’s research direction and funding opportunity identifications and applications. This will enable UVRI to better achieve its mandate, mission and vision. SAB members are experienced scientists chosen to fill specific areas of expertise needed by UVRI. The Board will meet at least once a year in Uganda.
- The UVRI Generator was successfully relocated from the power rooms near MRC to the UVRI Animal House.
- Construction of an access road
- The Institute funded the creation of an access road from the road near the Animal house to the newly created Generator House.
- An exercise to restructure the HIV Reference laboratory (HRL) was conducted by a consultant and a report was produced.
- The Institute successfully renovated the former UVRI Director’s residence to accommodate the African AIDS Vaccine Initiative (AAVP) Secretariat.
- After the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between UVRI and Clondiag GMbh, laboratory space was secured in the WHO building for the activities of the latter.
- A procurement Committee was constituted in April 2010; its active and meets regularly.
- Works were done to improve ventilation in the UVRI Repository. These included the creation of additional ventilations on three sides of this building. These improvements helped to lower the temperature readings of freezers and fridges in this facility.
- During the year the Institute signed an agreement with a new company to collect and dispose of all non biological waste collected at the Institute.Two waste collection points were created and garbage is removed from the Institute campus twice every week.