JCRC seeks for parastatal status, decries inadequate funding
Posted Friday, October 25 2013 at 16:50
Parliament- The Joint Clinical Research Centre (JCRC) has asked Parliament to lobby for it to be upgraded to a parastatal body.
Appearing before Parliament’s Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises committee yesterday, Prof Peter Mugyenyi, the centre’s executive director, told legislators that the JCRC is currently grappling with inadequate financial support.
Call for govt support
“We need an arrangement where government can support the centre. Currently, we only get Shs240 million out of a Shs30 billion annual budget,” Prof Mugyenyi said.
JCRC has been mainly relying on research projects to fund some of its programmes but Prof Mugyenyi says this has not been consistent for its cash flow.
“We do not have direct donors. We usually compete for research projects and when we win, we charge overhead costs which help us run the centre,” he said.
JCRC was established in 1990 as an HIV/Aids care and research institution, with the aim of responding to ,and providing a scientific approach to the national HIV/Aids challenge.
“We want a legalised position where we can even achieve more, whether it is going to be a parastatal. We started as a limited liability company because there was an emergency of HIV/Aids in the country,” Prof Mugyenyi explained.
The officials had appeared before Parliament’s committee to respond to queries raised in the Auditor General’s report ending 2012.