HIV Prevention Research Unit
Director: Prof Gita Ramjee
Unit is based in Durban under the leadership of Prof Gita Ramjee. The Unit’s
Mission is to address the HIV epidemic in South Africa through HIV prevention,
treatment and care in collaboration with key stakeholders.
The Unit’s research
objectives are as follows
expand our research locally and internationally through collaborations
with local and global partners
formulate effective strategies and to successfully apply these strategies
to endure long term success of the Unit
provide top class research that is aligned to the MRC vision and mission
create sustainability and business processes, and demonstrate our relevance
and ability to our stakeholders and to the society at large.
gain recognition and credibility with our stakeholders
Unit also co-ordinates the South African Microbicide Research Initiative (SAMRI)
under the leadership of the Unit Director, Dr Gita Ramjee. The initiative
will focus on the accelerated testing of safe and effective microbicides.
“To accelerate testing of prevention technologies to curb the spread
of HIV among women and men in South Africa.”
- To create a database
of microbicides and other barrier method research scientists in South Africa.
- To create a forum
for discussion of issues pertaining to microbicide and other female-controlled
method trials in the country, for example ethics, community issues, etc.
- To support other groups
such as the International Partnerships on Microbicides, the International
Working Groups on Microbicides and the Global Campaign on Microbicides.
- To offer expertise
and training to other African countries working in microbicide research.
- To strengthen HIV
prevention education among participating communities through partnerships
with local and international initiatives.