RHRUReproductive Health Research Unit (South Africa)
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Emily Steward, who is a specialist speech and language therapist at the unit said: "The RHRU is unlike any place I have ever worked.
The 24 bed unit has helped more than 2,000 patients since it opened its doors in 1993 and is recognised as centre of excellence with RHRU staff travelling as far afield as Australia and the United Arab Emirates to share their skills.
One of the key partners of the iDART development was the Reproductive Health Research Unit (RHRU) of the University of Witwatersrand.
The FDA's individual review also found that failure rates were comparable in the RHRU study for FC1 and FC2, but they were concerned that there was not a contraceptive effectiveness or ST1 risk-reduction study.
The RHRU, working in collaboration with Family Health International (FHI), provided technical assistance, particularly in monitoring the progress of the introduction.
'It will require training, standard operating procedures, technical guidance that is very practical, how to exclude TB, who is eligible and how to monitor people who are starting on IPT,' he said, noting that RHRU's work could serve as a model.
Professor Francois Venter, President of the HIV Clinicians Society of South Africa, a senior Director at RHRU and an MC advocate, stressed that it would require 'serious energy, money and resources' for an effective scale-up of what he believed should be a stand-alone service.
We acknowledge permission to conduct the study by the University of the Witwatersrand's School of Health Sciences, support from the Student Representative Council, invaluable effort by the RHRU staff and participating medical students.
Anwar Bulbulia--Senior Clinician, Reproductive Health and HIV Research Unit (RHRU), University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
(1) Department of Molecular Medicine and Haematology, University of the Witwatersrand, (2) ABL SA/TherapyEdge Inc., R&D Unit, Luxembourg, (3) RHRU, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, (4) CHRU, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, (5) National Health Laboratory Service