Face to Face with Success

Meet Helen Rees: Champion of public health

Professor Helen Rees is a global leader in the world of medical science and research, and has championed public health improvement with an emphasis on human rights throughout her career.

“That we are actually seeing incremental improvements in access to services - and the impact that access has. That for me is success.”

Prof. Helen Rees, founder and Executive Director of the Reproductive Health and HIV Institute (RHI) at The University of Witwatersrand

Since 1994, she has been influential in shaping both national and global sexual and reproductive health policy and practice.

HIV post ‘94 was already on the cards - and came in with great impact, in a way none of us really anticipated when we went into those elections.

Prof. Helen Rees, founder and Executive Director of the Reproductive Health and HIV Institute (RHI) at The University of Witwatersrand

“One thing the country can quantify success on is policy development. We’ve gone for some of the hard things. And we continue to do that.”

Prof. Helen Rees, founder and Executive Director of the Reproductive Health and HIV Institute (RHI) at The University of Witwatersrand

She shares her story of growing up in the UK, and how she ended up in South Africa, in this episode of FTFWS…


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