From the onset, RHRU has utilised the engagement of many strategic partnerships for various aspects of its ongoing work. This has led to many effective projects and funding engagements to enable a significant growth in the Unit's programme portfolio and the advisory roles it plays on a national and international platforms. Whilst we have attempted to capture acknowledgement to all our partnerships and collaborators, this list is not exhaustive as over the years to continue to develop our contacts and engagement in this area.
International collaborators & partners
British Medical Research Council (MRC): clinical trials, Microbicide conferences.
National collaborators & partners
Department of Pharmacology, University of KwaZulu-Natal: joint projects.
Health Systems Trust: project work, South African Health Review. International Coalition of Woman with Aids (ICW): committee meetings and project work.
Medical Research Council: joint projects, organisation of Microbicides 2006 conference, statistical support. National and provincial departments of health: technical assistance, training, evaluation, task force meetings.
Provincial Department of Social Development: OVC research and project work, facilitation of workshops and cluster meetings, OVC Conference 2006. Reproductive Rights Alliance South Africa: meetings. Right to Care: HIV Treatment activities.
University of Stellenbosch: joint projects, contraceptive network.
University of KwaZulu-Natal: joint projects. Women's Health and HIV Research Unit,
University of KwaZulu-Natal: joint proposals. Women's Health Research Unit.
University of Cape Town: contraceptive network meetings, joint projects.
Local collaboration and partnerships:
RHRU has also established a range of community advisory groups in each of its research trial sites, at different community locations; who work in partnership to consult and engage the local community and identify key areas of community health capacity education workshops as part of the RHRU ethos of synergising research and community interventions.
RHRU Donors & Stakeholders
The continuation of RHRU's work relies on donations and a range of support from stakeholders. RHRU works with a variety of donors from all over the world. In addition, RHRU receives support from local development agencies, government and corporate organisations. RHRU would like to thank the following organisations, institutions, Government departments and for their generous contributions and continual support:
HST, PATH, Global Fund (through KZN DoH), Carnegie Foundation, UNC, USAID, Atlantic Philanthropies, ICOHRTA, PEPFAR, Johnnic Communications, Sunday Times, Wellcome Trust, Medical Research Council, Department of Welfare KZN, UNFPA, Ford Foundation, Kaiser Family Foundation, National Brands, Kelvin Power, City of Johannesburg, Gauteng Provincial Government, University of Witwatersrand, Action AID, CONRAD, European Union, International Partnership for Microbicides, HIV Prevention Trials Network via grant from the US National Institutes for Health, Microbicides Development Programme via a grant from the UK Department for International Development (DfID), DFID Research Programme Consortium for Reproductive Health & HIV, University of Washington via a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Wellcome Trust, NIH, WHO, DfiD, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Compton, Global Fund (via KZN DoH), Wellcome Trust, MRC (SA), USAID, FHI.
WHO Collaborating Centre
RHRU was named as a WHO Human Reproductive Health Collaborating Centre in 2003. As a WHO collaborating centre, RHRU addresses reproductive health and HIV problems by:
- Assisting in the development of capacity to carry out reproductive health and HIV activities
- Conducting research and utilising results to improve reproductive health and HIV activities
- Assisting governments to develop policies related to different aspects of reproductive health and HIV in the region
- Promoting collaboration with national and international research institutions, particularly in the Africa Region
- Providing technical assistance to countries in reproductive health and HIV research, training and programme implementation
- Contributing to the reduction of maternal and neonatal mortality rates in South Africa, Southern African Countries and in the African Region.
Family Health International (FHI), USA: joint project work, Reproductive Health Priorities conference.
Futures Group, US:consultancies. Health (PATH):project work, female condom implementation group.
HIV Centre University of Columbia: project work. IBIS Netherlands:projects and grant collaborations.
Imperial College, London:clinical trials. International Programme for Microbicides (IPM):clinical trials, microbicides conference 2006.
JSI (Europe):joint proposal development London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine: project work, PhD supervision of RHRU staff, LSHTM Masters' students project work.
Programme for Appropriate Technology on The Population Council: policy work, project work, RHRU Reproductive Health Research Methods course, RHRU Reproductive Health Priorities Conference.
University of North Carolina:project work, adolescent research, including Lovelife.
University of Washington, USA: Clinical trials.
World Health Organisation (WHO):hormonal contraception and bone mass project, technical expert meetings.