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Welcome to the RHRU

RHRU consists of a dynamic team of experienced and dedicated staff  who are passionate about their work in the field of Sexual & Reproductive Health and HIV. 

As noted in our "Vision & Mission" section, RHRU strives to be an internationally renowned South African academic institution respected for its contribution to the field of sexual & reproductive health and HIV, bridging gaps between policy, research, and service delivery

The diversity of the unit is reflected in the "who we are" section which notes the cultural diversity of the team and the "organisational structure" which reflects the formation of the organisation.

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The unit was founded by Professor Helen Rees, OBE. Professor Helen Rees is the Executive Director of the RHRU, which is within the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of the University of the Witwatersrand, where she is also an Associate Professor. Professor Rees is regarded as one of South Africa’s most eminent women doctors and is internationally recognised for her expertise in the field of HIV prevention and care. Professor Rees qualified from Cambridge University in the UK with both a medical degree and a Masters in Social and Political Sciences, and in 2002 became an alumnus of Harvard Business School.

In 2004 Prof Rees became the first South African to receive the Ministry of Science and Technology’s award for ‘Distinguished Scientist recognised for their outstanding contribution to improving the quality of life of women.’ RHRU has a range of innovative "programmes", which represent the core focus of our business, as noted in "about RHRU".

Within the portfolio is the "HIV Training" which represents a diverse range of training of healthcare specialists, and the well established and reputable Annual Research Methods Course in Sexual & Reproductive Health & HIV. The development of the "Hillbrow Health Precinct" is a world first healthcare initative driven by the City of Johannesburg, Gauteng Provincial Health Department, RHRU and the University of the Witwatersrand.

The RHRU website encourages contact on the various range of topics noted in the site, it is our intention to make this a very user friendly source throughout, therefore subject links have been consistently placed throughout for this purpose. As well as specific and general requests, we welcome all comments you wish to share with us for the betterment and ongoing development of this site.

Thank you for taking the time to visit the RHRU, we trust you will find the site informative and useful for your purposes.

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