The University League for AIDS Control (LUCS) a French acronym, hosted a three-days’ training on research methodology for Strategic HIV and AIDS interventions. The training took place at the National University of Rwanda (NUR).
This training which was organized by the Association of African Universities (AAU) gathered delegations from francophone universities of Central Africa.
According to AAU, the training was organized in view of response to HIV/AIDS in the field of research. In this perspective, AAU trained participants on Epi-Info and SPSS softwares to enable universities’ medical staff improve skills research methods.
Consolée Mukamwezi, the LUCS Voluntary Counseling and Testing program Officer stated that most of university students are young and very exposed to HIV/AIDS transmission channels considering their age.
“NUR through LUCS avails condoms as a way of preventing unplanned pregnancies and other sexual transmitted diseases. Despite these efforts, we continue noticing unplanned pregnancies which is an indication that there are students who have unprotected sex and this may lead to HIV/AIDS transmission,” said Mukamwezi.
Dr Vana, a medical staff at university of Douala, Cameroun, appreciated knowledge of research softwares he acquired in the training as he will be able to handle challenges of research he used to face.
“It was very difficult for us to collect and analyze data of our studies. Normally when carrying out researches we collect data and make a request of support to statisticians for data analysis,” he said adding that the results they get are sometimes not very relevant because those statisticians do not understand technical and medical language.
“I will be able to analyze the data myself.”
During the closing ceremony, participants received certificates of recognition. They visited the Murambi Genocide Memorial in Nyamagabe district-Southern Province.