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ABOUT THE HIV RESEARCH COORDINATION UNIT 

The HIV Research Coordination Unit (RCU) was established on October 15, 2008 at the National AIDS Council Secretariat, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. The research unit aims to fill a gap in the national response to HIV and AIDS by helping to coordinate all HIV related research in the country and linking research to Monitoring and Evaluation Unit at NACS and the Surveillance Unit at the National Department of Health.  The role of the unit is not to conduct research but rather to support research processes and help coordinate HIV related research across the country. The unit works with researchers, research institutes and universities both in PNG and overseas to conduct high quality research based on the priorities highlighted in the National Research Agenda for HIV and AIDS.

 

The staff in the unit provide strategic direction for HIV related research as well as provide technical support, literature reviews and recommendations from research studies. This will also include strengthening information sharing and dissemination processes so that research information is accessible to stakeholders, researchers and policy makers

Strengthening of research skills and research capacity is also a core responsibility of the unit; such support include research skills building trainings; as well as the launch and implementation of the National Research Capacity Plan for HIV and AIDS.

The unit is based at NACS and staff report to the Director of the National AIDS Council Secretariat. Management and performance of the research unit is conducted through JTAI Implementing Service Provider. The research unit is supported by a AusAID Senior Research Advisor and funding for the unit is provided by PNG-Australia HIV and AIDS Program.

 

KEY OBJECTIVES 

Provide secretariat support to the Research Advisory Committee

Support efficient storage and dissemination of research proposals and reports through the establishment of a research database, research summary reports and annual HIV research meetings

Liaise with NACS Grants department in the management of research grants

Support the implementation, dissemination and management of the National Research Agenda for HIV and AIDS

Support the finalization, launch and implementation of the National Research Capacity Plan for HIV and AIDS

Liaise and partner with the National HIV Surveillance Unit (NDoH) and the Monitoring and Evaluation Unit (NACS)

 

 

RESEARCH UNIT STAFF MEMBERS

 

Manageress Behavior Research & Information 

Ms Julie Airi;

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Research & Information Officer

Ms. Veronica Samof;

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Research Administrative Assistant:

Ms Judy Bipi;

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ADDRESS

Research Coordination Unit

National AIDS Council Secretariat

Varahe Street

P. O Box 1345

Boroko

National Capital District.

Port Moresby.

Papua New Guinea 

 

Phone (675)323 6161/3002652  Extension: 632/652

Fax: (675) 325 9148 /(675) 325 1619

 

 

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