Indian & East African experts to discuss joint strategy on AIDS vaccine

Both India and East Africa are synergizing efforts to share knowledge and technology to reach the goal of developing successful vaccine to prevent HIV-AIDS

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HIV remains one of the most challenging viral diseases worldwide and for India- despite substantial progress in reducing new incidence of HIV.

A high level Technical Consultation organised on 28th July, 2015 in New Delhi saw the participation of Indian and East African experts from leading institutes/centres of excellence.

In addition to facilitating acceleration of new preventive technologies, such initiatives would help to ensure greater role for Low- and Middle-Income economies in AIDS vaccine research.

This and the proposed collaboration between India and Netherlands in HIV research, announced during the Dutch Prime Minsters visit to India, would value add to effort of the Government of India through technology and knowledge transfer. DBT and ICMR are in the process of structuring a national program being for Chronic and Acute infection HIV cohorts, setting up of a National Biorepository and initiating studies towards HIV Virology and Host-Microbe interaction.

"These multiple interlinked efforts contribute to Government of India's mandate of eradicating diseases through effective preventive measures, convert India into a knowledge society as well provide accessible, affordable, accountable, and effective primary healthcare facilities, are bringing the two Ministries of Health and Family Welfare and Ministry of Science & Technology together," mentioned Dr Rajat Goyal, Country Director - International AIDS Vaccine Initiative.

HIV remains one of the most challenging viral diseases worldwide and for India- despite substantial progress in reducing new incidence of HIV, the country still houses with the third-highest number of people of people living with the disease at 2.1 million.

To reach zero HIV burden in the country it is critical to fill gaps in the knowledge of how humans can defeat the virus as well reenergize and revolutionalize research efforts through relevant partnerships to understand factors responsible for prevention and control of HIV infection and to develop strategies that support and accelerate discovery efforts.

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