United States Ambassador to Uganda Deborah R. Malac has applauded Uganda Virus Research Institute for strong collaboration in health research and contribution to global health.
Malac said the United States government through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had established a strong partnership with UVRI that has built stronger capacity for the Ministry of Health to prevent, detect and respond to traditional and emerging infectious diseases over the years.
Speaking at the handover ceremony of one of CDC’s office blocks to UVRI, Malac appreciated UVRI for its well-deserved global reputation in virology and laboratory excellence noting that significant advances have been made in addressing antimicrobial resistance, one of the world’s greatest health threats today.
She cited other significant collaborations with UVRI on disease and outbreak detection, laboratory systems strengthening, and emergency response; and appreciated other work in HIV, TB, community and clinical services.
She stressed that with the CDC-supported national biosafety level 3-reference laboratory for viral hemorrhagic fevers, CDC and UVRI have been able to detect and confirm several outbreaks in Uganda and from the Democratic Republic of Congo with reduced response times from a high of 30 days previously to less than 48 hours now.
The UVRI Director Prof Pontiano Kaleebu appreciated the partnership with US government through CDC and appealed for more collaboration to strengthen research capacity and address emerging diseases.