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Rakai Health Sciences Program

Rakai, Uganda


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Established in 1988 as the Rakai Project, the program changed its name in 2004 to Rakai Health Sciences Program. This is a result of increased and diversified activities taking place under the program umbrella.

In its initial years, the program focused on HIV/AIDS research in the community, including evaluation of health education and condom promotion. Over the years, activities have increased both in nature and volume. While not losing sight of the community-based approach to HIV epidemiology and prevention, major areas of activity have expanded to include:

* Laboratory and clinical research * Randomized trials of new prevention strategies * Health professional training * Expanded community services including HIV voluntary testing and counseling, provision of HIV antiretroviral therapy (ART), general and HIV-related medical care, prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, family planning services, prevention of cervical cancer, and specialized services for adolescents

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