MatCH Research aims to answer priority questions that will translate into improving sexual and reproductive health outcomes through expanding access to appropriate and acceptable contraceptive, HIV prevention and related health technologies and services. Using a range of methodologies, we conduct behavioural, operations and clinical research, actively partnering and involving communities and local structures. We also provide technical assistance, partnering with various stakeholders including the Department of Health and other NGOs to affect policy change and enhance best practice. We work with diverse partners, collaborators and donors, including local and internationally based universities and research centres.
MatCH Research was established in 2013 as a Division of the Wits Health Consortium (Pty) Ltd in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of the Witwatersrand. MatCH Research is based in Durban and was formerly the Durban office the RHRU (Reproductive Health and HIV Research Unit) now Wits RHI (Wits Reproductive Health Institute).
We are guided by a strong ethical and human rights ethos and our staff is committed to the highest ethical standards and best practices in all their work. All staff are trained in Good Clinical Practices and Ethics in working with human subjects. We have approximately 90 full time staff.