In 1988, the Federal Government of Nigeria transformed a local hospital in Kano to the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH). The hospital was founded with a mission to provide excellent services with a dedicated workforce that is fully committed to utilizing the available resources judiciously, effectively and efficiently in an environment that treats patients with utmost care and encourages community contribution to its development. With a HIV prevalence rate of 1.3% in Nigeria, AKTH provides care and services to thousands of HIV-positive citizens in the nation. AKTH also has a PEPFAR-funded HIV clinic that provides multiple opportunities for clinical trials for Nigerian citizens.
Through a mutually beneficial partnership with Vanderbilt University, the groups conduct research at AKTH’s various clinics. Previous research topics range from battling chronic illness while HIV positive to stroke prevention in those with sickle cell anemia. AKTH’s various clinical trials provide a plethora of opportunities for fellows to study a variety of diseases or conditions and their impact on public health in Nigeria.