Our History

Wits RHI has been a research unit of the Wits Faculty of Health Sciences since 1994.
Over the last 25 years, Wits RHI has and will continue to address HIV and its diverse related problems, sexual and reproductive health, vaccine preventable diseases and related emerging health issues.

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 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

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

2004

Receive 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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