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.


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.



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


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.


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


Renewed WHO Collaborating Centre Status.


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


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


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


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


First NIH Clinical Trials Unit Award granted.


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


Received first PEPFAR grant.


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


Awarded WHO Collaborating Centre Status


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


Microbicide trial begins with sex workers in Johannesburg.


Founded Reproductive Health Research Unit with DFID & Kaiser funding.

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