Press Releases

05 December 2017

South Africa to launch HIV prevention project

A highly effective oral medication to prevent HIV will be provided to young women in South Africa at high risk of getting the virus, as part of a sexual and reproductive health access project launched today by the Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute (Wits RHI) and Unitaid.

26 October 2017

Immunisation and Saving Lives

The University of the Witwatersrand Faculty of Health Sciences will be hosting its 16th Prestigious Research Lecture on 1 November, 2017, entitled Wits and Vaccines: the impact and potential of vaccines for the African region. The event will profile the work of two Wits University’s internationally recognised, African-led research institutions working in the field of vaccinology, and outline the impact of vaccine research on regional and global health outcomes. It will be delivered by the co-directors of the Wits African Local Initiative for Vaccinology Expertise (Alive); Professor Shabir Madhi, professor of vaccinology in the Wits Faculty of Health Sciences and director of the Medical Research Council (MRC) - respiratory and meningeal pathogens research unit (RMPRU) and Professor Helen Rees, executive director of the Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute (Wits RHI).

16 January 2017

“ADVANCE Study” – Study launched to test new and safer HIV drugs

Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute (Wits RHI) and their partners are excited to announce the launch today of a study, ADVANCE, to evaluate a new antiretroviral drug combination for the treatment of HIV. The ADVANCE study is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development and UNITAID through OPTIMIZE, a global partnership working to accelerate access to simpler, safer and more affordable HIV treatment.

31 August 2016

Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action (MAMA)

Hillbrow, Johannesburg: Imagine getting accurate, reliable information on everything from breastfeeding to eating well in pregnancy and when to visit the clinic, directly on your cell phone? This is the power of health that the Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action (MAMA) is putting in the hands of expectant and new mothers with the launch of MAMA in South Africa.

10 December 2015

USAID selects innovative South African organisations to address HIV/AIDS globally

USAID has recognised the expertise of two South African-led consortia to address the global challenge of treating those infected by HIV/AIDS. These consortia are led by Right to Care and the Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute (Wits RHI). They will apply the innovations and lessons learned in South Africa to strengthen programmes in countries across Africa.

01 December 2015

Harry Oppenheimer Fellowship Award

The Board of the Oppenheimer Memorial Trust is pleased to announce the recipient of the prestigious Harry Oppenheimer Fellowship Award for 2014: Professor Helen Rees of the University of the Witwatersrand.

01 November 2015

Professor Helen Rees leads African Scientists in signing Global Declaration to End Polio

Professor Helen Rees, Executive Director of WRHI, joined hundreds of scientists, doctors and other experts from around the world to launch the Scientific Declaration on Polio Eradication, declaring that an end to the paralysing disease is achievable and endorsing a comprehensive new strategy to secure a lasting polio-free world by 2018. The declaration’s launch coincides with the 58th anniversary of the announcement of Jonas Salk’s revolutionary vaccine.

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