The Joint Clinical Research Centre (JCRC) in Mbale, Uganda is one of eight Regional Centres of excellence of JCRC. It was founded in 2002 and is part of the partnership between the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Defence. The clinic is affiliated with Makerere University and receives support from both government and private resources, including DDCF and competitive grants. There are currently 23 members of staff and volunteers working at the clinic. The clinic treats patients with HIV and related infectious diseases. As of the 1st of April 2010, there were approximately 2300 HIV positive patients on follow-up in this clinic, of whom approximately 1850 patients are currently on first-line treatment, and approximately 250 patients have been started on second-line therapy. The site is experienced in clinical research and has participated in numerous trials including PASER and MARCH. The key EARNEST site personnel are Prof. Peter Mugyenyi (PI), Dr. Mary Abwola (Co-PI) and Napyo Agnes Kasede (Trial manager) and these are ably supported by a comprehensive and enthusiastic team.
More information on JCRC can be obtained on http://www.jcrc.co.ug.