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John Imrie

Director: Health Programmes

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Dr John Imrie is the Director of Health Programmes at Wits RHI. He holds an MA in South African Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, a Postgraduate Diploma and MSc in Health Promotion and Public Health from LSHTM, and a PhD in HIV Prevention from the University College London. He is a senior programme implementation specialist and public health researcher with more than 30 years of international experience working in Canada, the UK, South Africa, Australia, and the South Pacific. His research interests are across the broad fields of sexual health, HIV, health promotion science and health systems strengthening.

Dr Imrie is recognised internationally for his research in HIV prevention, sexual health, health promotion and health services development, specifically with vulnerable populations, including men-who-have-sex-with-men (MSM), adolescent girls and young women, in-school and out-of-school youth, men, sex workers and transgender persons. He is the principal investigator on Wits RHI’s PEPFAR-funded Operation Gophelega – a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) District Support Partnership that supports two metropolitan municipalities in Gauteng, South Africa: Tshwane and Ekurhuleni. He is a Co-PI on an NIH-funded implementation science study, Jabula Uzibone, examining the benefits and improved outcomes achieved through integrated HIV and gender affirming health provision for trans gender people across four sites in South Africa. Dr Imrie is also interested in the issues of aging populations and support for life-long HIV treatment in the South African context and is developing a portfolio of work in this area.

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