|Salim Abdool Karim|
CAPRISA was established in 2002 under the National Institutes of Health program called Comprehensive International Program of Research on AIDS (CIPRA). Five partner institutions participated in the founding: University of KwaZulu-Natal, University of Cape Town, University of Western Cape, National Institute of Communicable Diseases, and Columbia University in New York. UNAIDS recognizes CAPRISA with the designation of "Collaborating Centre for HIV Prevention Research."
CAPRISA's mission is to promote HIV prevention and research its epidemiology.