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JCRC has also led in the treatment for HIV/AIDS and opportunistic infections in Uganda and Africa at large being the first centre to provide Anti Retroviral drugs as well as expand treatment to the entire country under the PEPFAR (TREAT program 2003-2009) which resulted in the opening of 75 treatment sites in Uganda which were eventually transitioned to MOH. Currently, JCRC is the only reference centre for third line therapy in the country. AT 25 years of service, the Centre has served over 200,000 clients on first, second and third-line ARVs at seven locations nationwide. Over the past years, various institutions such as the World Health Organisation, CWRU, Family Health Institutional, US National Institute of Health, University of California San Francisco, Johns Hopkins University, the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp and in Hamburg, EDCTP, MRC, have partnered with the JCRC.

Besides HIV/AIDS care and treatment, JCRC operates a private clinic for general medical care offering services at a cost recovery basis. This private clinic offers services to include general medical care, consultations, admission, pharmaceutical services, Ultra sound, X-rays, Dental services, diagnosis and treatment for non-communicable diseases such as Rheumatic heart diseases, Diabetes, sickle cells among others all in a convenient, private and in a timely manner.

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Research

Ground breaking Bio-medical and social research to inform health decisions and policy nationally and internationally.

JCRC continues to conduct her research work in HIV vaccines, ART, opportunistic infections, public health and social behaviors. All studies are designed and conducted in accordance with international and national ethical standards, so as to inform best practices and develop cost effective interventions that will shape national and international policies and guidelines. I.e. START study that led to the current treatment guidelines of ‘TEST AND TREAT’ irrespective of CD4 or Viral load tests.

JCRC was by 2009 the leading centre in ART roll out, distributing ARVs to more than 100,000 people in Uganda and was involved in land mark researches like the African Antiretroviral drug trial done in 1992 which demonstrated the lowest effective dose of Zidovudine (AZT) among Ugandan subjects and this informed use of lower dose of AZT internationally.

Funding streams:

JCRC resource envelope holds funds from 4 major sources:

  1. Competitive research grants
  2. Institutional Research collaborations
  3. Competitive implementation project grants
  4. Support from the Uganda Ministry of Health
  5. Internally generated revenue

A. Competitive Research Grants

JCRC strategically responds to funding opportunity announcements and other requests for interest in funding for medical research at any of our facilities. Grants may be awarded singularly to JCRC or to a consortium comprising of other research partners (local and/or international). Various funding agencies have meritoriously awarded JCRC funds to conduct medical research, and these include;

  1. European Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP),
  2. National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  3. Medical Research Council (MRC)
  4. Department For International Development (DfID)
  5. United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
  6. Civil Society Fund (CSF)
  7. Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  8. Rockefeller Foundation

B. Institutional Research Collaborations

JCRC collaborates with various reputable local and international partners to carry out ground-breaking research in HIV, TB, Malaria and other infections. These collaborators include academic institutions, pharmaceutical companies, research institutions, subsidiaries of government and non-governmental organizations. Some of our current and previous research partners include;

  1. University of California and San-Francisco 
  2. Case Western Reserve University
  3. Karolinska Institute
  4. Medical Research Council
  5. University of Wisconsin
  6. Infectious Diseases Institute
  7. Makerere University College of Health Sciences

C. Competitive Implementation Project Grants

Various funding agencies periodically announce and award grants for implementation of health care projects, both in facilities and communities. Such agencies initially issue competitive funding opportunities which JCRC assesses and responds to. When successful, JCRC implements the health care project in accordance with the approved proposal and in strict adherence to funders’ guidelines. JCRC now has a strong portfolio of current and completed grants implemented in a variety of contexts. Some agencies that have previously funded implementation projects at JCRC include;

  1. PEPFAR (USAID/CDC)
  2. Civil Society Fund (CSF)
  3. Rockefeller Foundation
  4. Doris Duke Foundation
  5. Uganda National Council for Science and Technology (UNCST)

D. Support from Ministry of Health

The Uganda Ministry of Health (MOH) provides some modest financial support to JCRC under a strategic support framework for operational support to the centre. This support covers about 0.5% of the institutional budget.

E. Internally Generated Revenue

JCRC generates revenue from clinical, laboratory, pharmacy and training services provided to individuals, researchers and institutions both local and international. A fully equipped and functional private clinic serves paying clients and those covered by insurance, providing a wide range of clinical pharmacy and laboratory services. Fees are charged for the high-value practical training provided to individuals and institutions, and done in collaboration with various partners and institutions of higher learning. Training services may be in form of; classroom engagements, online platforms, placements and apprenticeships in our facilities across the country, as well as tailored mentorship programs. Standard fees are also charged for Laboratory services provided to private clients.

Insurers accessing JCRC services country-wide

  1. Jubilee Insurance
  2. Liberty Health
  3. Vanbredda International (GMC)
  4. UAP Insurance
  5. GMC-Henner Insurance
  6. AAR Health Services Uganda
  7. CIGNA Health Benefits
  8. AON