RZHRG Research Initiatives

RZHRG projects focus on HIV incidence and predictors, behavior change and the natural history and manifestations of HIV. For more than 25 years, our work has been at the forefront of research on the epidemiology, behavior and biomedical prevention of HIV/AIDS in African adults.

Our Work

Since 2004, RZHRG has participated in multiple clinical research trials including Phase I, II and III trials of behavioral and biomedical prevention interventions. RZHRG research facilities are accredited for Good Clinical Practices (GCP) and Good Clinical Laboratory Practices (GCLP) and renowned worldwide as leaders in the provision of clinical research training for staff and physicians. The sites are consistently monitored and audited to ensure they comply with the highest level of research quality, which ensures integrity in data collection and process measures. The work performed at RZHRG has received support from the National Institutes of Health (NIH); the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI); PATH, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

From 2003-2006, the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH) provided funding to RZHRG sites in Kigali and Lusaka to support research to determine the most effective way to promote and expand Couples Voluntary Counseling and Testing (CVCT) services. In 2007, additional funding from USAID allowed RZHRG to train CVCT counselors throughout Rwanda. In 2010, RZHRG partnered with PATH and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) to expand CVCT services in Zambia’s Copperbelt region. The expansion of CVCT services in this densely populated area will allow as many as 56,000 couples to receive HIV counseling and testing. Additional financial support will build capacity and lay groundwork for the continued expansion of CVCT services.

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DID YOU KNOW...


• RZHRG has sponsored more than 35 Rwandan and Zambian physicians to earn Master’s Degrees in Epidemiology through universities in the United States and the United Kingdom.

•Since 1994, the Zambia-Emory HIV Research Project has provided couples’ voluntary counseling and testing services to more than 20,000 couples in Lusaka, Zambia.

•RZHRG has received support from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI), PATH, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).



Research at RZHRG