Clinical Research Platforms

The Research Department has solidified clinical platforms for Research in different areas of the country where IDI operates, to suit a wide variety of research needs: 

The Adult Infectious Diseases Clinic (IDC) at Mulago Hospital

The IDI flagship clinic at Mulago hospital offers access to over 10,000 patients including ART naive, 1st line, 2nd line and 3rd line patients, as well as specialised clinics for special groups such as TB patients, pregnant women, young adults and discordant couples. Research conducted here directly benefits from seamless access and proximity to all IDI systems including excellent clinical facilities, data management, information and communication systems, and an in-house CAP-certified lab among other things. 

The Extended Kibaale‐Kiboga Project (EKKP)

IDI is implementing significant prevention, care and treatment programs in the south western part of Uganda, particularly in the districts of Kibale, Kiboga,  Kyankwanzi, Hoima and Masindi.  As part of the Fogarty Scholars program which paired   foreign scholars with Ugandan partners, IDI built a clinical research site in this area and initiated a prospective observational cohort of over 1,000 people. Clinical endpoints include mortality, TB, crypotococcus, and immune recovery. Baseline cardiovascular information is being collected in preparation for a potential longer‐term longitudinal observational cohort.

Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Clinics

IDI supports the KCCA clinic network of 10 facilities to build capacity for prevention, care and treatment of infectious diseases within Kampala City (with a population of approx. 3 million).  IDI leverages this relationship with KCCA to provide a clinical research platform; several research projects have been undertaken using this platform including projects implemented through the Infectious Diseases Network for Treatment and Research in Africa(INTERACT) umbrella (funded by the European Union and the Dutch Government) and  others implemented through the Makerere University “Learning Grant” (funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation).

Gulu University & Lacor Hospital

IDI works with Gulu University and Lacor Hospital (both in Gulu district) to conduct research particularly in TB. IDI spearheaded the performance of an environmental scan with Gulu University to determine how Makerere University College of Health Sciences (MUCHS) strengths could be leveraged to strengthen research, service and training for both institutions. This highlighted possible key areas of collaboration and has already culminated into 3 collaborative research initiatives (focusing on laboratory capacity building and creation of a TB electronic database at Lacor Hospital, as well as supporting the development of a Demographic Surveillance Site (DSS) by Gulu University with Swedish government support.