Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI), KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

K-RITH Tower Building, level 3
Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine
719 Umbilo Road
Durban, 4001, South Africa

Professor Thumbi Ndung’u BVM, PhD
  • Site Principal Investigator
  • SANTHE Programme Director

The Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI) is one of South Africa’s largest independent research institutes, with secured funding from world renown agencies, including the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Wellcome Trust, to support its activities up to 2023 and beyond. AHRI was established in October 2016, when the KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for TB-HIV (K-RITH) and Africa Centre for Population Health joined to form an exciting new interdisciplinary research institute – an organisation primed to undertake cutting-edge research, ranging from lab bench to population, applying the latest scientific innovations in the heart of the HIV and TB co-epidemic.

AHRI aims to become a source of fundamental discoveries into the susceptibility, transmission and cure of HIV, TB and related diseases, seeking always to improve diagnosis, prevention and treatment. Furthermore, the institute is committed to training the next generation of outstanding African scientists, providing research opportunities to the best scientific minds on the continent.

AHRI combines the power of Africa Centre’s 16 years of detailed population data collected from over 100 000 individuals with K-RITH’s basic laboratory science, experimental medicine and world class laboratory facilities including 600m2 of BSL3 space and Africa’s only microfluidic chip-making foundry. AHRI also collaborates with over 60 academic and clinical institutions in South Africa, Africa and abroad.

Population studies continue to be conducted from the Africa Centre building based in Somkhele on the north coast of KwaZulu-Natal, while the more centrally located K-RITH Tower building, on the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine campus, houses AHRI’s laboratories and core operations.