The Uganda team conducted primary and secondary research in March 2009 that had an immediate and lasting impact on the product specifications, manufacturing, and market entry strategy for the infant HIV diagnostic test designed specifically for use in resource-limited settings. Students were organized into six project teams focused on the key stakeholder groups. The teams took a deeper look at the operational, political, legal and regulatory context in which HIV products must ultimately compete and advance understanding about the needs, interests and concerns of key stakeholders. Specifically, teams worked on:
While in Uganda, the focus was on meeting with members of the various stakeholder groups and clinics in both the capital city of Kampala and Mbarara and surrounding areas.
- Refining product requirements and specifications for pre-selected HIV/AIDS diagnostics tools for use at the point of care
- Analyzing the business, institutional, political and financial framework for implementing new HIV/AIDS rapid diagnostics tools in Uganda
- Determining market size to inform potential test manufacturers.