HIV/AIDS studies conducted in Africa are making a significant contribution to understanding the disease, a leading public health expert Dr David Serwadda said today.
The importance of the viral load in HIV transmission, the preventative value of medical male circumcision, the efficacy of mother-to-child-HIV prevention and other breakthroughs in research have been proven in trials conducted in African countries said Serwadda.
Dean of the Makerere University School of Public Health in Uganda, Srwadda said major international funding had played a role in boosting research and science capacity in countries like Uganda, South Africa and Kenya over the past 25 years.
For example, 37% of HIV funding by the NIH in the US, has been directed to Africa.
Serwadda said the funding had improved training, infrastructure and service provision to patients.
He said HIV had impacted severely on health systems, for instance, leading to overcrowding in hospitals and had taken its toll on healthworkers.
“We need to increase investment and resources for health systems,” Serwadda said.
He also called for greater leadership and accountability.
Serwadda spoke at the plenary session this morning of the 5th SA AIDS Conference in Durban