The funds for the awards come from the Comprehensive International Program of Research on AIDS (CIPRA), which is administered by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health.
"A global crisis demands a global response," Secretary Thompson said. "To control and curtail the pandemic, inexpensive, effective and logistically feasible measures of HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention are urgently needed. By building research capacity and infrastructure in countries where the HIV/AIDS burden is highest, CIPRA grants help meet this urgent need."
CIPRA grants are awarded to resource-limited countries. One eligibility requirement is that applications come from countries that have a Gross National Income per capita equal to or less than U.S. $5,000. Since the first awards in September 2001, 33 grants have been made to researchers in
"In many countries with high rates of HIV/AIDS, the baseline clinical data and research infrastructure needed to accurately characterize the epidemic are lacking," noted NIAID director Anthony S. Fauci, MD. CIPRA tackles this problem by providing support, including training, tailored to the specific needs of the recipient country. "We hope that research conducted under the auspices of CIPRA will form a foundation for successful clinical trials of treatments and vaccines needed in the battle against HIV/AIDS," he said.
The awards announced today are
A Cambodian Clinical Research Network for HIV and TB
Awarded to: Cambodian Health Committee
Principal Investigator: Sok Thim
A five-year, $2.6 million grant to conduct a clinical trial to determine the best time to begin antiretroviral treatment in people who are co-infected with HIV and the bacterium that causes tuberculosis. An important objective of the Cambodia CIPRA project is to develop clinical research centers in urban and rural settings that will serve as models of HIV and TB care for
HIV Pathogenesis, Prevention and Treatment in the
Awarded to: Asociacion Civil Impacta Salud y Educacion (IMPACTA)
Principal Investigator: Jorge Sanchez
A three-year, $3.1 million grant to the Asociacion Civil Impacta Salud y Educacion (IMPACTA), will support research on two complementary projects. In collaboration with other Peruvian and
HIV Research Program in
Awarded to: Thai Red Cross Society
Principal Investigator: Kiat Ruxrungtham
A five-year, $4.6 million grant will evaluate HIV treatment strategies in HIV-infected children in
Prevention and Treatment of HIV/AIDS in Adults and Children Awarded to:
This two-year, $107,000 planning and organizational grant will allow the
Source: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases