The Centre for Research in HIV and AIDS (CRHA) is a virtual centre, based at the University of the Western Cape’s School of Public Health, which catalyses and co-ordinates engaged, multidisciplinary HIV-related research across the university and beyond.  It does this through hosting research projects, convening symposia and seminars, supporting graduate students and post-doctoral and other fellows, and developing publication series.

The projects and people who work in association with the Centre develop, conduct, and apply research and teaching which broadly relates to HIV and AIDS and, increasingly, to the social determinants of this and other chronic diseases.  They seek to engage communities, schools, gender and social equity advocates as well as the health system.
The CRHA is concerned with systems and society, building on the initial thematic focuses of
•    health policies and systems
•    education and learning
•    gender and gender-based violence; and
•    research and organizational capacity strengthening
In this next phase, the Centre’s work will be organized around the HARICCI programme – HIV and AIDS research in Complex Contexts of Inequality.




Projects and research


The CRHA was founded on two large grants based at the School of Public Health from VLIR/UOS through the project “Transforming health and education policies and systems for improved HIV prevention and care” and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) South Africa under the CoAG U2GPS001083-05 “UWC: Human capacity development to address HIV and AIDS in South Africa”.

In addition to the projects realized through these grants, the Centre convenes and/or participates in a range of other projects with colleagues within and beyond the University, such as:
•    Resilience, social networks and HIV among migrants and local communities
•    Increasing access to TB case finding and treatment in Sisonke district, South Africa
•    Mainstreaming a health systems approach to delivery of maternal health services: Transdisciplinary research in Rwanda and South Africa.
This and other project work is supported by the IDRC, WHO/TBREACH, CDC and WOTRO among others.