What does PHRU stand for?

PHRU stands for the Perinatal HIV Research Unit. The name reflects the organisation’s origins in the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV. Since its founding, however, PHRU has expanded the scope of its priorities to include the range of HIV treatment, care and prevention research and important tuberculosis and psychosocial research.


Where is PHRU based?

PHRU is based at one of the world's largest hospitals, the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital—an academic hospital with close ties to the University of the Witwatersrand.


Where does PHRU get its funding?

As a result of the unit's excellent research, PHRU has been very effective in securing funding for its research and programmes. Funders range from major pharmaceutical companies to foreign universities, international agencies, philanthropic foundations and the South African department of health. Learn more about PHRU funding.


What kind of work does PHRU do?

PHRU first became known for its groundbreaking research into the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT). However, over the years, PHRU has grown its research programme to include HIV treatment, care and prevention research—including investigations into novel prevention technologies such as vaccines, microbicides and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). PHRU also conducts important tuberculosis and psychosocial research. Learn more about PHRU’s research programmes.

In addition to our rigorous research agenda, PHRU provides needed HIV prevention, treatment and care services to the residents of Soweto and Johannesburg through discrete service programmes. Learn more about our services.



Where can I learn more about HIV/AIDS?

There is a wide range of information on HIV/AIDS out there. Here are some trusted websites you might want to try:
•    AfroAidsinfo;
•    the Aids portal; or
•    the AIDS Law Project's site.

Also, check out our health education information and publications section and our partners list.


How can I help PHRU fight HIV/AIDS?

PHRU welcomes donations that will allow it to continue its invaluable work to help stem the tide of HIV/AIDS in South Africa and throughout the world. We also invite you to learn more about internship, fellowship and employment opportunities with PHRU.    


What if I have a question that isn't answered here?

We encourage you to explore the rest of our website. You can also contact PHRU by phone, fax or email.