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Rwanda: Trials for anti-HIV vaginal gel in final phase
Apr 29th, 2011 - 20:00:07
Source:* New Times*
AUTHOR: Edwin Musoni
Fellow Advocate in HIV/AIDS,
Project Ubuzima has entered the third of testing an anti-HIV gel for women.
This is the final phase before the manufacturing of the product, which is
believed to reduce the risk of HIV infection among women. According to Dr
Gilles Ndayisaba, the principal researcher in the study, the final phase
would be based on the vaginal ring and will target 400-600 women. "This ring
contains the antiretroviral drug Dapivirine and it must be inserted in the
vagina for a period of 28 days before being changed," said Ndayisaba...
"After the completion of different trials on phase I and phase II on the
safety of microbicides and their acceptability in women and their partners,
the preparations of the phase III are currently in full swing," Ndayisaba
observed. This study is scheduled to take a total of three years.
Meanwhile, the CEO of International Partnership for Microbicides, (IPM) Dr.
Zeda Rosenberg, was in the country recently to inform authorities that
Rwanda is among the countries where the trial will be conducted. Zeda, who
was accompanied by Dr. Annalene Nel, the IPM's Chief Medical Officer, met
and held talks with the outgoing Health Minister, Dr. Richard Sezibera. The
two discussed various studies conducted by Projet Ubuzima, which represents
IPM in Rwanda. "They particularly discussed the Phase III study and the good
collaboration of Rwanda and IPM through Projet Ubuzima. Minister Sezibera
revealed that the sustainability of this collaboration will be upheld, given
the fact that both sides work for a common interest," said Marie Michelle
Umulisa, the Communications Officer of Project Ubuzima. Zeda also met the
Minister of Gender and Family Promotion, Dr Jeanne d'Arc Mujawamariya and
discussed the study. Mujawamariya pledged to advocate for the studies.
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Yours' in Prevention Science
Adeyemo Damilare Gabriel
Regional Focal Point - West Africa
Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AID (GYCA)
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