Our History

2021

Wits RHI is linked to many COVID-19 vaccine related studies. Our staff complement is over 1800

2020

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

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

2019

Wits RHI becomes a UNFPA strategic partner. Appointed a South African Medical Research Council (MRC) Collaborating Centre in HIV and TB

2015

Wits RHI celebrates its 20th year anniversary and is awarded UNAIDS Collaborating Centre Status

2014

The flagship Shandukani Maternal and Child Health Centre opens its doors in July

2012

RHRU granted institute status by the University, and renamed Wits RHI

2010

First NIH Clinical Trials Unit Award granted

2007

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

2006

Wits RHI celebrates 25 years of an unparalleled track record of conducting world class research, implementing sustainable programmes and contributing to health policy

2004

Received first PEPFAR grant

2003

p>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