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UCL-AHRI partnership details & governance

As a key academic partner for the Africa Health Research Institute, UCL is supporting the Institute in its mission of working towards the elimination of HIV and TB, and of helping to train the next generation of African population-based research scientists.

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History

The merger of the population-based research of the Africa Centre with the laboratory and medicine approaches of KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for Tuberculosis and HIV (K-RITH) created the Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI) as an interdisciplinary South African-based research not-for-profit company in 2016. AHRI is funded through UCL as one of the Wellcome’s Africa and Asia Programmes (AAPs, previously called Major Overseas Programmes) and through the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI).

Mission

AHRI combines the power of Africa Centre’s 16 years of detailed population data from over 100 000 people with K-RITH’s basic laboratory science, experimental medicine and world-class facilities. Headed by UCL Professor Willem Hanekom, the institute’s goal is to become a source of fundamental discoveries into the susceptibility, transmission and cure of HIV, TB and related diseases, and to seek new ways to improve diagnosis, prevention and treatment. To achieve this, it brings together leading researchers from different fields, use cutting edge science to improve people’s health, and help to train the next generation of African scientists.

Governance

UCL AHRI Programme Board Group

The UCL AHRI Programme Board Group meets once a term to provide governance oversight to AHRI, and to discuss related issues. Find out the board terms of reference, and board membership, below.

View the Programme Board's Terms of Reference

UCL AHRI Operational Group

The UCL AHRI Operational Group meet on an ad hoc basis, at least once a term, to follow up and execute actions agreed by the UCL AHRI Programme Board. Find out the board terms of reference, and board membership, below.

View the Operational Group's Terms of Reference