Kyamulibwa field station
Located 33 KM west of Masaka, in Kalungu district, the Kyamulibwa field station was established in 1989 as MRC/UVRI’s first study site in Uganda.
Initially operating in premises donated by a community member, the station now boasts of permanent structures constructed on land donated by the Uganda government to ease service delivery to the communities. The station is located next to the sub-county headquarters and comprises of an administration block, clinics, guesthouses, staff residences, archives among others and is home to over 55 staff.
Various research projects including the General Population Cohort (GPC) study, The COLTART study, Non Communicable Studies and Social Science Studies are undertaken at the Kyamulibwa field station. The station operates an outpatient study clinic that offers clinical services to over 70 patients daily and over 20,000 patients from 25 villages annually . Patients with diabetes, hypertension and seizures are attended to on specially designated days. Referral services to specialists and inpatient care are also offered to all participants that require to be transferred.
The COLTART project a prospective cohort study of more than 1200 participants also runs a clinic on a daily basis looking at complications of long-term use of Anti-retroviral therapy for over 10 years. The Non communicable diseases project currently focuses on Hepatitis B &C patients and is managing more than 500 participants on top of testing liver and kidney functionality for the study participants bi-annually . The station has a fully functional Laboratory which provides diagnostic testing and supports research.
The station has recently installed WIMAX internet services to make the internet more stable and faster. A well-built archive and store, automatic standby generator and piped water to improve the work environment are up and running. An electric incinerator and autoclave have been installed to improve on waste management and infection prevention.