HIV Self-Testing Africa Initiative – Research

Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute (Wits RHI)






The Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute (Wits RHI) is a leading African research institute focusing on HIV, sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and vaccine preventable diseases (VPD).  Wits RHI was established in 1994 to support the new South African government in formulating and implementing national policies around sexual and reproductive health. Today they are the largest research institute of the University of the Witwatersrand, and form part of the Faculty of Health Sciences. They are a UNAIDS and South African Medical Research Council (SA MRC) collaborating centre, World Health Organisation (WHO) collaboration centre, as well as a United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) strategic partner.

Built in support of sustainable development goals and the UNAIDS 90-90-90 strategy, Wits RHI’s strategy is based on four core aims:

  • Understand pathways for intervention and improve access to quality services.
  • Expand HIV prevention and treatment choices.
  • Generate data for policy and programming.
  • Build research capacity to expand the generation and application of evidence.

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