Our History

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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

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2016

2015

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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

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2006

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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

2004

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1995

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Founded Reproductive Health Research Unit with DFID & Kaiser funding

1994

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