2014 marks the 20th Anniversary of the UZ-UCSF Collaborative Research Programme in Harare, Zimbabwe. Since its inception in 1994, our studies have helped to shape national and global responses to the HIV/AIDS pandemic, and have defined policies and standards regarding the course of HIV acquisition, prevention, treatment, and care. Some examples include groundbreaking research in antiretroviral therapy (ART) for HIV prevention, including ART in TB co-infected patients, ART for prevention in serodiscordant couples, and initiation and monitoring of pediatric ART. Other areas of research expertise include: microbicides for HIV prevention, community HIV testing strategies, and prevention of mother-to-child transmission. Since the inception of the Programme we have conducted 63 research studies, and have enrolled more than 15,000 participants; 22 of these studies are ongoing, and we continue to develop capacity to identify and respond to emerging scientific priorities. Additionally, we have contributed to the national and global HIV/AIDS challenge by mentoring the next generation of Zimbabwean and global researchers. To date we have supported over 200 upper-level students and postgraduates with didactic and field training in clinical research. The extent of the Programme’s contributions is reflected in more than 100 high quality scientific manuscripts published in major international journals.
UZ-UCSF remains dedicated to conducting cutting-edge research to generate critical evidence on strategies to prevent HIV and provide AIDS care and treatment. It is only through this continued commitment that we will be able to conquer the HIV pandemic and declare it a thing of the past. For more information, please download our comprehensive 20th Anniversary report.UZ-UCSF Collaborative Research Programme: 1994–2014 (PDF)