Centre For HIV Prevention and Research

Centre For HIV Prevention and Research


The University of Nairobi- Centre for HIV Prevention and Research (CHIVPR) at The College of Health Sciences was established in 2006 as a successor to the defunct Strengthening STD/HIV/AIDS Control Project in Kenya (STD Project.   Notwithstanding this was a progressive development.  The STD Project was a collaboration of the Universities of Nairobi AND Manitoba with funding by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) as an intervention targeting the STD/HIV/AIDS vulnerable groups more specifically Female sex workers and their clients in Kenya.  In the fifteen-year period of its existence between 1990 and 2006, the STD Project recorded impressive results in its areas of operations and in the process amassed a credible body of knowledge and skills. It is for this reason that its work needed to be continued when the funding for the STD Project came to an end and for that matter institutionalize this body of knowledge and skills in the centre.

The centre continues to carry out it training and community intervention activities.  As a research Centre within the University of Nairobi,  CHIVPR aims to build capacity for rigorous health, social and behavioral science research on HIV/AIDS.  In addition interpreting this to HIV and AIDS Preventative, care, treatment and support for the Most At Risk Population (MARPS).  The centre will be responsive to those it serves.  More specifically, customer focus and engagement with the community and other stakeholders. 


 Centre For HIV Prevention and Research has a long and internationally distinguished career in the field of HIV/AIDS prevention in Kenya. For 15 years she was the co-Director of the Strengthening STD/HIV Control Project in Kenya, a collaborative project between the Canadian International Development Agency, the University of Manitoba and the University of Nairobi. This project produced groundbreaking research in the development of effective prevention interventions for commercial sex workers in the Kenyan HIV epidemic. This approach remains a cornerstone of global public health programs, and Prof. Ngugi is now internationally recognized as the world’s leading authority on such programs. In addition to devoting her academic career to research with commercial sex workers, she also founded and serves as Director for two non-governmental organizations, namely Kenya Voluntary Women’s Rehabilitation Centre (K-VOWRC) and Society for Women and Aids in Kenya (SWAK). As a result of her academic excellence and HIV/AIDS activism, ................ was chosen as the 2004 United Nations in Kenya Person of the Year.


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