Friday, 21 September 2018

Arbovirology, Emerging and Re-emerging Infections

The division serves as a national and international reference center for vector-borne viral infectious diseases by:

  • Conducting field and laboratory research and epidemic aid investigations of vector-borne viral infections and their arthropod vectors,
  • Developing and maintaining effective surveillance for vector-borne viral infections and their arthropod vectors,
  • Defining disease etiology, ecology, and pathogenesis for disease diagnosis, surveillance, prevention and control, and
  • Provide diagnostic reference and epidemiological investigations for these diseases;
  • Functioning as a World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Reference and Research on Arboviruses, and
  • Functioning as National Influenza Center.


  1. For Ongoing Projects/Programmes:
  2. To ensure completion of approved on going projects within the agreed time frame
  3. To support and sustain on going programs in accordance with relevant MOUs, Agreements and Protocols
  4. To initiate and or facilitate new projects/ programs that address emerging health priorities
  5. To contribute to more effective coordination and integration of UVRI and collaborative partnerships
  6. To contribute to recognition of UVRI as a centre of excellence for health research
  7. To contribute to UVRI’s corporate social responsibility strategy
  8. To contribute to UVRI’s Sustainability Strategies:

Divisions of Arbovirology, Emerging and Re-emerging Infections

The division serves as a National Reference Center for Vector Borne viral diseases, a National Influenza Center, a National Diagnostic Laboratory for Highly Infectious viral infections, a WHO Collaborating Center for Vector-Borne viral disease Reference and Research, and a WHO Influenza Collaborating Center.

The division provides routine surveillance of arboviral infections and their vectors including epidemic alert, response and prevention, conduct field and laboratory research on arboviral infections and other vector borne diseases, carry out and provide surveillance for Influenza viruses, and support for epidemic outbreak investigations. The division also assists in infection control of vector-borne diseases, and other infections, including Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers (VHFs); conducts surveillance of viral diseases at the human /wild animal interface; and maps human and animal populations at risk of viral infections.

Scientists working on ELISA for Dengue and WestNile Virus

Key Functions

Key functions of the division include;

  • The early detection, diagnosis, and identification of arboviral infections and other vector –borne diseases in Uganda;
  • Determining the prevalence and trends of endemic, emerging and re-emerging arboviral and other vector –borne diseases in the country;
  • Mapping out areas of activity of the different arboviruses and other vector-borne infections in the country;
  • Determining human and animal populations that are at risk of infection by different arboviruses and other vector –borne diseases in the country;
  • Studying the reservoir and vector species systems to elucidate the life cycle of arboviral infections in the region and Uganda in particular; and
  • Carrying out activities for Seasonal and Pandemic Influenza surveillance and preparedness.


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