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RESEARCH UNIT

RESEARCH UNIT

General scope, purpose and main assignments

AFENET Research Unit supports the Grants Office in the function of resource mobilization and ensures that research funded and supported by AFENET is compliant to national and international regulations.

The Main tasks include:

Conducting grant research analysis through Soliciting and understanding funding needs from staff; Monitoring funding trends and opportunities for relevance to AFENET’s strategic priorities; Conducting research of funding opportunities and analyzing such announcements for potential fit with AFENET’s priorities and recommend specific announcements for pursue; Share relevant information on available funding opportunities with AFENET members and Maintaining a database of institutional funders and prospects.

Participating in Proposal development through Supporting program staff in developing and collecting of relevant information for inclusion in proposal; Reviewing and editing final grant documents for scientific merit, comprehensiveness, competitiveness, compliance with AFENET’s and funders requirements Research coordination and oversight and dissemination of results to ensure that research complies with international and national scientific and ethical standards

Achievements to date

1. Funding opportunities disseminated to the network regularly.

2. Supported Grants Unit led by the Business Development Officer.

3. All research projects have valid ethical and national approvals and have compiled to ethical/scientific standards. These include:

• Epidemiology of burkitt lymphoma in East African Children and Minors (EMBLEM)- Ongoing valid [IRB 8/2/2018 & UNCST 30/7/2019]. 

• Boosting immunity against Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) through magnesium supplementation: a novel approach for secondary prevention of chronic EBV infection and EBV-associated malignancy (Sub study of EMBLEM]-Principal Investigator Dr. Martin Ogwang of Lacor Hospital & Mr. Sunday Erisa-  Administrator

• Detection of analytes and biomarkers associated with live/viable stages of onchocerca volvulus post ivermectin administration –ongoing [10/08/2020]- Principal Investigators Dr. Vitaliano Cama (CDC) & Dr. Tom Lakwo (MoH). 

• Evaluating a caregiver SMS reminder intervention to reduce immunization dropout in Arua-A randomized controlled trial –Ongoing (Principal Investigator is Dr. Daniel Elhman & Coordinator is Mr. Joseph Magoola). 

• Survey of laboratory practices and policies guiding the storage, maintenance and use of dried blood spot samples collected for Early Infant Diagnosis of HIV and Viral Load monitoring in a sub-group of Sub-Saharan countries- completed and results were disseminated at a conference in July 2016 in South Africa (Principal Investigators Dr. Fausta Mosha and Mr. Davis Ashaba).

• Evaluation of the Diagnostic Tests in Areas Hypoendemic for Onchocerciasis (to be done in September 2017). Still working on submission with the Principal Investigators Dr. Vitaliano Cama (CDC) & Dr. Tom Lakwo (MoH).

4. Working on AFENET Research Strategy.

Coordinator: Mr. Sunday Erisa - Senior Administrator(Research and Grants)

Position holder: Leah Nawegulo Omongo

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