SA institutions named as HIV/AIDS clinical trials units.
Four South African institutions, the Medical Research Council, University of KwaZulu-Natal Organisation
The University is divided into four colleges, each divided into faculties:
 - their main website. , HIV Vaccine Trials Network The HIV Vaccine Trials Network is a collaboration between physicians, scientists and activists that conducts clinical trials seeking a safe and effective HIV vaccine. They review potential vaccines for safety, immune response and efficacy. , International Maternal Pediatric pediatric /pe·di·at·ric/ (pe?de-at´rik) pertaining to the health of children.
Of or relating to pediatrics. Adolescent AIDS Clinical Trials Network, International Network for Strategic Initiatives in Global HIV Trials, and Microbicide Trials Network--will participate in research to address the highest priorities in HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment. Among these are developing a safe and effective HIV vaccine, translating lab findings into clinical applications through new drug development, optimising clinical management of HIV/AIDS, including co-infections and other HIV-related conditions, developing microbicides to prevent HIV acquisition and transmission, and creating strategies to prevent mother-to-child HIV transmission.
In addition to the CTUs across the US, others are in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, Peru and Switzerland. With additional funding over the next few months the number is expected to increase to 73, with additional CTUs anticipated in Brazil, China, France, India and Thailand.
The selection process for the CTUs involved a rigorous and extensive scientific peer review of their proposed clinical programmes and capabilities, including access to populations most affected or threatened by the HIV/AIDS epidemic, particularly women, children, adolescents and people of diverse ethnic or racial backgrounds.
Total funding for the clinical trials networks and the CTUs and their affiliated clinical research sites is expected to reach $285 million during the first year of the awards.
In addition to the CTU locations, clinical research sites are also anticipated in Botswana, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe, among other countries.