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Tuesday, June 28, 2022

CHP Scientific Director awarded SARChI Chair

Successful first visit for new MRC Vice President

2 July – The MRC’s new Vice President of Research, Professor Jeffrey Mphahlele, paid a courtesy visit to the MRC/Wits Health Policy Research Group (HPRG) within the Centre for Health Policy, to familiarise himself with the research and the staff on a personal level.

He met the leadership, Professor Laetitia Rispel (Scientific Director) and Associate Professor Jane Goudge (Director) and heard from individual researchers about their work. He was impressed to hear that it was one of the oldest MRC entities, having been established in 1987 to support the development of post-apartheid health policy and a unified health system. 

Describing the visit as a success, Prof. Mphahlele said he was proud as MRC management that the work being done impacted policy and added value to the lives of South Africans.

“The research at CHP resonates with the MRC’s mission and vision of building a healthy nation through research, and this can only be done by translating the research,” he said.

Prof. Rispel said she was honoured that he chose to visit the HPRG as the second out of all MRC extramural research entities in Gauteng since his appointment as Vice President in 2014.






Who We Are

The Centre for Health Policy is a multi-disciplinary research unit that conducts health policy and systems research.

What We Do


CHP is one of the few multi-disciplinary health policy units in South Africa and has over 20 years of research experience. The primary focus of our research is to support the development of the South African health system. 

Teaching and Training

CHP is involved in post-graduate teaching (Masters and PhD) in the field of Health Systems and Policy within the School of Public Health.

Evidence Synthesis Service

Our Evidence Synthesis Service aims to provide rigorously produced, high-quality, synthesised evidence to ensure that policy decisions are informed by best-available evidence.

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