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Wits RHI is part of the University of Witwatersrand’s Faculty of Health Sciences and is the latter’s largest research institute.

Wits RHI was established by Professor Helen Rees in 1994 to assist the democratic South African government in formulating and implementing new national policies around sexual reproductive health. It has shaped itself as an African institute leading multidisciplinary research, focusing mainly on HIV, sexual reproductive health (SRH) and vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs). Recently, Wits RHI expanded its portfolio to include COVID-19 and other respiratory pathogens, emerging global health crises (including antimicrobial resistance), and climate change and health.

As a renowned African institute in a world-class African university, Wits RHI addresses some of the greatest public health concerns affecting our region and we do this through:

  • Pioneering, multi-disciplinary research.
  • Responsive technical support and innovation in health services.
  • Good participatory practice.
  • Teaching and capacity building.
  • Developing African researchers.
  • Evidence-based policy development and advocacy with national, regional, and global stakeholders.

Our Vision:

Tackling Africa’s health challenges through science and innovation.

Our Mission:

As a renowned African institute in a world-class African university, Wits RHI addresses some of the greatest public health concerns affecting our region, including HIV and its related problems, sexual and reproductive health, and vaccinology.

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