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We're at the forefront of the battle against HIV to protect U.S. troops from infection and to reduce the global impact of the disease.
With U.S. troops deployed around the world, it is our mission to both protect U.S. military personnel and serve the international community by reducing risk of HIV-1 infection.
MHRP is at the forefront of the battle against HIV to protect U.S. troops from infection and to reduce the global impact of the disease. While its primary focus is developing a globally effective HIV-1 vaccine, the program provides prevention, care and treatment through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
MHRP is centered at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR), U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command.
MHRP was authorized by Congress in 1986, and since has become a leader in international efforts to combat HIV. With five sites in Africa and Asia, the program’s growth has been achieved through the combination of strong vaccine science, the careful development of research sites, and partnerships with key research institutions in the U.S. and host countries.
The integration of prevention, care and treatment has helped MHRP build strong and trusting relationships with the communities in which research is conducted, while providing an ethical framework to conduct HIV clinical research.
The program’s network includes international laboratory and clinical research capabilities. MHRP has developed research sites in Tanzania, Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda and Thailand. MHRP’s main laboratories are located in Rockville, Maryland.
A new report, "Ethics and Ebola: Public Health Planning and Reponse," details findings and recommendations from the President's Bioethics Commission and argues for an ethical approach to tackling the Ebola epidemic around the world.
A clinical trial called HVTN 100 has been launched in South Africa to study an investigational HIV vaccine regimen for safety and the immune responses it generates in study participant
A new Phase Ib clinical trial of two experimental Ebola vaccines began today in Kampala, Uganda.
MHRP is collaborating with Spot On Sciences on a new study for detecting infectious pathogens such as HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C and mosquito-borne infections such as dengue, West Nile and chikungunya virus in deployed troops.
Last fall, CDR Jennifer Malia, DrPH, MHRP’s Assistant Chief of the Department of Laboratory Diagnostics and Monitoring, jumped at the opportunity to deploy to Liberia and treat Ebola patients. Malia spent more than a month in Monrovia, setting up a dedicated Ebola Treatment Center for health care workers and running a laboratory.