Sustainable East Africa Research on Community Health (SEARCH) Collaboration was established in Vienna in 2010 to evaluate health and economic outcomes of bold community based health interventions for communicable and non-communicable diseases (NCD). The first initiative of the SEARCH collaboration is a community cluster randomized trial in Uganda and Kenya of widespread early community wide antiretroviral therapy (ART) vs. standard of care, where primary endpoints will include both community health and community economic status. An important strength of the SEARCH Collaboration is the partnership it has built with NIH, PEPFAR, WHO, and the World Bank to draw intellectual, financial, and policy support. From the inception the SEARCH collaboration has worked with Uganda and Kenya government agencies, community leaders, the US partner implementing agencies through Advisory Boards. Study implementation will coordinate with and compliment ongoing country activities.
Some of the achievements of SEARCH Collaboration so far: