Dar es Salaam. The US Commander of the Walter Reed Army Research Institute (WRAIR), Colonel Chad Koenig, last week visited several health facilities and diagnostic and research laboratories across Tanzania, the embassy said. the United States.
The Walter Reed is a US government agency working within the Ministry of Defense that has been operating in Tanzania since 1999.
Commander Koenig and his delegation, which included Walter Reed Scientific Director Dr. Karen Peterson and United States Army Medical Research Directorate Africa Director Col. Shannon Lacy, visited Walter Reed’s research programs in Tanzania.
“I am pleased to hear that we have a proposal to continue and move this important work forward. We will continue to monitor this project and ensure that it moves forward. »
The team also traveled to Mbeya Zonal Referral Hospital in the Southern Highlands to observe research facilities supported by Walter Reed, including the National Institute of Medical Research – Mbeya Medical Research Centre, and laboratories run by the Ministry of Health in collaboration with the HJFMRI.
These facilities included TB diagnostic labs, HIV vaccine trial clinics, HIV viral load and sequencing facilities, COVID-19 diagnostic and sequencing labs, and a research study at term that has followed HIV patients across Africa since 2008 with the aim of informing and shaping government policy and programming.
Speaking of the more than 20-year collaborative relationship, Colonel Koenig said: We hope that through our support for research in Tanzania, we can place this country in a stronger position to be able to fight not only HIV, but also against future epidemics. Good.”
The team concluded their trip with a visit to Lugalo General Military Hospital where they met with representatives of the Chief Medical Officer of the Tanzania People’s Defense Force (TPDF) and the General Officer Commanding Lugalo, Brigadier General Dr. Agatha Katua.
The US government, through Walter Reed, has supported HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment programs for TPDF since 2006 and currently supports 21 different TPDF hospitals and clinics across Tanzania.
At each of these military installations, service members, their families, and local civilian populations are offered HIV counseling, testing, prevention strategies, antiretroviral therapy, prevention of mother-to-child transmission, and support programs for orphans and vulnerable people. children. For more information on this press release, please contact the U.S. Embassy in Tanzania Press
Walter Reed’s primary goal in Tanzania is to end the HIV epidemic through research and the implementation of PEPFAR’s prevention, care and treatment programs.
It was Commander Koenig’s first time to Tanzania, and the Colonel praised the quality of the health facilities and the care patients received saying he was impressed with the level of care he received. they were lavishing in Tanzania.
Walter Reed focuses his work on HIV in five regions of the Southern Highlands: Mbeya, Rukwa, Katavi, Songwe and Ruvuma.
In these areas, WRAIR, through its implementing partner, the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for International Medical Research (HJFMRI), provides HIV/AIDS care and treatment services.