Strategic Approach

Our Strategy Statement

We will deliver excellent science and innovation, that impacts on priority public health problems within the African region and develops human capital. We will forge local, regional and global partnerships to support this agenda and create an environment that attracts, develops and retains skilled and talented personnel, who share our passion for better health in Africa.

Focus Areas

SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH

Our research agenda prioritises the intersection of SRH and introduction of HIV related SRH technologies and services. In addition, we will support the development of new contraceptive technologies, drugs and vaccines for STI control. Our strategy will also focus on the development of new drugs and technologies, given the context of emerging antimicrobial resistance (AMR). We will also support the scaleā€up of interventions to eliminate cervical cancer. We will continue to use implementation science to support systems strengthening approaches for SRH programmes.

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VACCINE AND INFECTIOUS DISEASES

We will develop an agenda that incorporates infectious diseases including HIV and vaccine preventable diseases. We will support the development of drugs, technologies and other innovative approaches to address these infectious diseases. Our agenda will also extend to emerging infectious diseases in the form of global pandemics and local epidemics. We will continue to drive research and innovation by identifying questions relative to understanding local and global infectious disease burden, optimising interventions and measuring the impact of these interventions.

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OTHER EMERGING ISSUES

We will broaden our current research to address new public health agendas that impact the communities we serve. Our agenda explores interventions to address vulnerabilities associated with gender, migrancy and marginalisation, into an expanded research and intervention agenda more widely focused on urbanisation. We are continuously adapting our emphasis for relevance, both in existing focus areas and in new areas of interface such as urbanisation, noncommunicable diseases and climate change.

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Strategic Themes

RESEARCH AND INNOVATION

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SYSTEMS STRENGTHENING

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CAPACITY BUILDING

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POLICY AND PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT

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SUSTAINABILITY AND INCLUSIVITY

Goals and Objectives


1. RESEARCH AND INNOVATION

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2. SYSTEMS STRENGTHENING

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3. CAPACITY BUILDING

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4. POLICY AND PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT

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5. SUSTAINABILITY AND INCLUSIVITY

Initiate and complete relevant and responsive, quality research and innovation led by Wits RHI researchers and strategic partnerships.

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Strengthen systems that impact on health outcomes of individuals and populations.

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Establish a pipeline of new researchers and innovators through academic support, on the job training and mentoring.

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Support policy development informed by science and innovation; Inform communities, the broader public and key stakeholders about key public health issues.

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Build a sustainable and inclusive organisation that represents the populations we serve and the society we live in.

Strategic Objectives
  1. Increase the number of research outputs and innovations
  2. Increase the number of first author publications within the Institute
  3. Find internal and external strategic partners to collaborate with in research and innovations
Strategic Objectives
  1. Support the implementation of evidence based policies and guidelines
  2. Promote equitable access to systems to increase population coverage and improve health outcomes, e.g.
    • - HIV testing and ART/PrEP coverage
    • - Vaccine coverage
    • - Populations accessing services- e.g. Key Populations, AGYW, children, migrants
    • - Clinical Outcomes, e.g. Viral Load Suppression
  3. Undertake ongoing quality improvement activities and impact evaluation of systems in collaboration with key stakeholders so that they remain efficient, effective and responsive to dynamic community needs.
Strategic Objectives
  1. Increase the number of PhD and Masters students enrolled within the Institute
  2. Increase the number of students completing and graduating with relevant qualifications
  3. Support the academic development of existing staff as part of career development within the organisation
Strategic Objectives
  1. Use research and innovation outputs to inform and guide policy development locally, regionally and globally
  2. Become a sought after key opinion leader/expert on key focus areas/topics as described by the institute
  3. Promote the brand of Wits RHI as a forward looking and cutting-edge research institution in Africa
Strategic Objectives
  1. Increase the number of females and previously disadvantaged individuals in senior management position
  2. Promote a culture of diversity across the spectrum of gender, race and religion within the institute
  3. Create a safe and mutually respectful work environment for all our staff
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Strategic Enablers

Populations in Need:

Focusing on target populations where greatest impact of health investments can be made.

Location Focus:

Maintaining a strong body of work in South Africa and leveraging it to support improvements in the region and globally.

Innovation & Technology Application:

Using innovative approaches and leveraging technological solutions to improve health outcomes.

Collaboration for Change:

Leverage collaborations and partnerships to ensure broader impact.