Uganda: HIV Vaccine Trial Starts


HIV/AIDS vaccine trials to prevent mother-to-child transmission through breast-feeding have started at Mulago Hospital, writes Hillary Kiirya.

The trail, the first in Africa, started on Thursday on the first-born baby out of the 50 mothers screened.

"Making breastfeeding safe is possibly the most important challenge for those involved in the prevention of mother-to-child transmission in Sub-Saharan Africa," said Prof. Francis Mmiro, the lead investigator of the study.

Mmiro told journalists recently that 50 babies were to be recruited for the study that is expected to last for three years.

The trial is sponsored by the US National Maternal Institute of Health.