Uganda Virus Research Institute has been approved as a full center of the Global Virus Network.
The Global Virus Network (GVN) has recognized UVRI for its partnerships with other organizations, research in arbovirology and emerging and Re-Emerging diseases, collaborations with the international and local organizations dealing with health issues.
GVN is a coalition of top experts in medical virology in more than 25 countries on six continents, collectively working to advance knowledge about how viruses attack humans and to develop diagnostics, drugs and vaccines to prevent illness and death.
On the other hand, Dr Louis Mukwaya was recognized for his dedication and commitment towards a Malaria Free Uganda. Dr Louis Mukwaya was previous globally recognized for mosquito research at UVRI.
The Uganda Virus Research Institute was established in 1936 by the International division of the Rockefeller Foundation as a Yellow Fever Research Institute.
In 1950 the Institute became the East African Virus Research Institute under the East African High Commission. The same year it was designated as WHO Regional Center for Arboviruses Reference and Research.
In 1977 the East African Community collapsed and the Institute was subsequently named the Uganda Virus Research Institute. After the discovery of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) in Uganda, research work with collaborators on HIV started in 1987.
In 2009, UVRI became a constituent institute of the Uganda National Health Research Organization (UNHRO), an umbrella organization for health research within the Uganda.
The UVRI engages in health research pertaining to human infections and disease processes associated with or linked to viral aetiology and provides expert advice, enables partnerships and communication and serves as a center for training and education.