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Wits RHI’s main hub is situated in the Hillbrow Health Precinct (HHP), Johannesburg, and has supporting programmes sites across South Africa. With a highly skilled and motivated team led by predominantly female directors with expertise in various fields, Wits RHI leads and delivers successful research and implementation projects that address local health issues aligned with its focus areas and the communities the institute serves. Its research studies are carried out in collaboration with multiple partners within and outside the African region. The work of Wits RHI culminates in local and global policy development and implementation support. This is largely shaped by the body of evidence generated from its work.

2022

Operation Gophelega kicked off and is one of the largest grants Wits RHI has ever received from the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

2021

Wits RHI is linked to many COVID-19 vaccine related studies. Our staff complement is over 1800.

2020

Wits RHI is actively involved in an effort to curb the COVID-19 pandemic that is facing South Africa and the world at large. The institute’s directors are currently involved in a total of 15 COVID-19 studies and initiatives.

2019

Wits RHI celebrates 25 years of an unparalleled track record of conducting world class research, implementing sustainable programmes and contributing to health policy.

2016

Renewed WHO Collaborating Centre Status.

2015

Wits RHI becomes a UNFPA strategic partner. Appointed a South African Medical Research Council (MRC) Collaborating Centre in HIV and TB.

2014

Wits RHI celebrates its 20th year anniversary and is awarded UNAIDS Collaborating Centre Status.

2012

The flagship Shandukani Maternal and Child Health Centre opens its doors in July.

2010

RHRU granted institute status by the University, and renamed Wits RHI.

2007

First NIH Clinical Trials Unit Award granted.

2006

Moved national office to Hillbrow, where offices, research space for clinical trials, a major training centre and a community care centre are established.

2004

Received first PEPFAR grant.

2003

Establish partnership with COJ and the Gauteng Department of Health to create the Hillbrow Health Precinct (HHP) in the inner city of Johannesburg

2002

Awarded WHO Collaborating Centre Status

2000

RHRU becomes an official research unit of the Wits Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

1995

Microbicide trial begins with sex workers in Johannesburg.

1994

Founded Reproductive Health Research Unit with DFID & Kaiser funding.

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