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Organization Contact Information

Name: Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute
Street 1: Cnr Esselen and Klein Streets
Street 2:
City: Hillbrow
Province:
Post Code:
Country: South Africa
Phone: +27113585500
Email: ablack@wrhi.ac.za
Web Site:

Focal Point Contact Information

Salutation: Dr
First Name: Andrew
Last Name: Black
Title: Dr
Email: ablack@wrhi.ac.za
Phone: +27798823492

Alternate Focal Point Contact Information

Salutation: Dr
First Name: Varanna
Last Name: Dogan
Title:  
Email: vgharbaharan@wrhi.ac.za
Phone: +27826173032

General Information

Board Constituency: Technical agencies
Organization Type - Primary: Academic / Research Institution
Organization Type - Secondary: None
Is your organization legally registered in your country: Yes
Organization Reach: National
Organization Description:
The Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute is one of the largest research Institutes of the University of the Witwatersrand

Our vision is to create a society where sexual health is enjoyed without fear of disadvantage or disease.

Our mission is to lead the way as an African academic institution acclaimed for:

• pioneering research;
• innovative services;
• evidence based policy development and advocacy;
• responsive technical support & training;
in the field of sexual & reproductive health and HIV.

The focus of the WRHI's work has always been to address the needs associated with prevention and management of HIV and reproductive health, with a focus on the intersection with infectious diseases especially tuberculosis (TB) and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
WRHI has an extensive portfolio of research, programmatic support, policy development and technical assistance at district, national and international levels, and pursues a multidisciplinary approach, which encompasses clinical health systems and social and behavioural science often within the same projects. WRHI also has an extensive community engagement programme to impact the communities the Institute operates in, and training programmes which capacitate health care professionals nationally and on the continent in aspects of HIV management year on year.
WRHI has both research and health systems strengthening capacity. TB/HIV is one of our areas of technical expertise. We support various health facilities to improve on their TB programme performance by capacity building, operational research and quality improvement.
 
Total number of staff in your organization: 100 +
Number of full-time staff who are directly involved with TB: 1 - 5
Number of part-time staff who are directly involved with TB: 0
Number of volunteers who are directly involved with TB: 0
 
What is your organization's annual budget (USD) dedicated to TB? Unable to disclose amount
How did you hear about the Stop TB Partnership: Other partners
If you were informed or referred by another partner of the Stop TB Partnership please tell us who:
Why do you wish join the Stop TB Partnership: Technical assistance and advice
 
Are you a member of a Stop TB national partnership: No
Are you in contact with your national TB programme: Yes
Please tell us how your organization is contributing to your country's national TB control plan:
Provide quality improvement, technical assistance and capacity building to the districts we support. Provide clinical services in complicated TB management.
 

Geographical Reach

Which country is your headquarters located in: South Africa
Which WHO region is the main focus of your work: African
Which countries do you do operate in:
(This includes countries you are conducting activities in)
South Africa

Specializations

Delivery of health services and care
Research and Development
Technical Assistance

Specializations in Countries

Technical Assistance South Africa

Contribution

Please tell us how your organization will contribute to the Global Plan to Stop TB by briefly describing its involvement in any of the areas of work listed below:

TB Care Delivery:
Promote TB advocacy

Drug-Resistant TB:
Provide technical assistance and clinical services for patients with complicated TB, which includes patients with mono- and poly-drug resistant TB. Provide capacity building on drug-resistant TB

TB-HIV:
Provide capacity building and mentoring on TB/HIV integration

Laboratory Strengthening:
Reseach in novel TB diagnostics. Monitoring and Evaluation strengthening. Improving turn-around times for TB diagnosis

New Diagnostics:
Currently involved in operational research around the point-of-care use of Xpert Mtb/Rif.Previously involved in validation of Xpert Mtb/Rif.

Research:
Contact tracing, retention in care, health systems strengthening

Declaration

Declaration of interests:
None

Application date: June 26, 2012
Last updated: June 26, 2012