IDRC is a non-profit, non-governmental organization (NGO) recognized by the Republic of Uganda and was established in May 2008 by Ugandan health scientists from Makerere University College of Health Sciences, the Ministry of Health and Makerere University School of Public Health. IDRC was formed to build capacity through training, technology advancement and improvement of local health service infrastructure, conduct research in infectious diseases such as malaria, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis, disseminate results of research and promote an evidence-based approach to policy making by linking researchers and policy makers. The collaboration seeks to support the efforts of the Uganda Ministry of Health, Mulago Hospital and other related health institutions in Uganda in providing prevention, care and treatment in the area of infectious diseases.

 

IDRC is located at Mulago Hospital Complex, New Mulago Hill Road. Currently, IDRC is headed by Dr. Moses Kamya, Professor of Medicine, Makerere University and a project leader and co-core leader on this proposed program. IDRC is registered with the Office of Human Research Protections in the U.S. and has been issued a Federal Wide Assurance number: FWA00013482. IDRC has a current DUNS Number (850452797). The Makerere University Faculty of Medicine Ethics Committee (FWA00001293; IRB00002062) is the designated IRB by Makerere University for all research studies managed through IDRC.

The official IDRC mission statement is, “To reduce the burden of global disparities in infectious diseases through a partnership conducting high quality research in Uganda.” The objectives as voted and agreed upon by the founding members of the IDRC are:

(a) To build capacity through training, technology advancement and improvement of local health service infrastructure
(b) To conduct research in infectious diseases such as malaria, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis
(c) To disseminate results of research and promote an evidence-based approach to policy making by linking researchers and policy makers.
(d) To support the efforts of the Uganda Ministry of Health, Mulago Hospital and other related health institutions in Uganda in providing prevention, care and treatment in the area of infectious diseases.
(e) To seek out and receive donations, grants and other funding from international donors and other sources interested in the objects of the NGO.

 

IDRC-Uganda Research Staff inside Labs

IDRC-Uganda Research Staff inside Labs

The official adopted core values of the IDRC are the following:

• Respect and dignity for study participants and their families.
• Bilateral partnership based on equality, mutual respect and cultural sensitivity.
• Nurturing atmosphere that promotes professional development
• Transparency, courtesy and openness in performance of one’s duties
• Fiscal responsibility

 

IDRC has been responsible for the hiring and retaining of qualified local Ugandan research staff; purchasing equipment at local cost; purchasing, insuring, and maintaining vehicles at local cost and adhering to all collaborating institutions and NIH guidelines; creating and upholding agreements for space for research activities both in Kampala and at the field sites; and maintaining and ensuring financial transparency of grants through multiple funding sources including the NIH.

 

IDRC is both a prime and subrecipient of awards from governmental and private sources. The total funding for IDRC FY 2007/08 was US $2.5 million. As of August 2009, IDRC projects are funded by:

• U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH)
• U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
• Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (Gates)
• European Developing Countries clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP)
• Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF)

 

The IDRC structure includes a General Assembly (all founding members of IDRC from Makerere University College of Health Sciences and the Uganda Ministry of Health), a Board of Directors (Prof Fred Wabwire, Dr. Ambrose Talisuna, Dr. Adoke Yeka, Dr. Hasifa Bukirwa & Dr. Jane Achan), an Executive Committee (in charge of daily operations management of IDRC comprised of the C.E.O, Dr. Moses Kamya, IDRC Administrative Director, Ms Catherine Tugaineyo, IDRC Senior Accountant, Mr. Richard Oluga, IDRC Data Center Manager, Mr. Geoff Lavoy, IDRC Laboratory Director, Mr. Sam Nsobya).