The MRC/UVRI Uganda Research Unit on AIDS is an internationally recognized center of excellence for research on HIV infection and related diseases, contributing knowledge on the evolving epidemic, the evaluation of innovative health care options, treatment and prevention, and the development of health policy and practice in Africa and worldwide.
The unit was established in 1989 following a request from the Uganda Government to the UK Government to contribute to the understanding and control of the HIV pandemic in Uganda. In 2005, the UK Medical Research Council’s program in Uganda was upgraded to a research unit with headquarters in Entebbe at the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) and the main research activities located in Masaka, Kalungu, Kampala and Wakiso districts, including the peri-urban areas of Entebbe.
The MRC/UVRI Mission is to; 1. Conduct research to improve the control of HIV epidemic through prevention and Care both in Uganda and elsewhere in Africa 2. Contribute to the translation of research findings into policy and practice both locally and internationally 3. Support capacity building for research in Africa
In February 2018, the MRC/UVRI Uganda Research Unit became part of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.