Our departments

Finance and Administration

While CHRU has a well-developed administrative structure and handles its operational finances, the financial resource management of the Unit is handled by the Wits Health Consortium(WHC) which is registered with the South African Revenue Service as an income tax exempt entity through its link to the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Witwatersrand.

The Wits Health Consortium was established as a legal entity through which the Faculty of Health Sciences can conduct contract or sponsored research, entrepreneurial or commercial activities, philanthropic funding activities and services (including clinical services). The WHC therefore provides the governance, legal framework, human resource management, financial and grant management for CHRU.


The operations department at CHRU takes care of several functions that are essential for the smooth running of the unit on a day-to-day basis and for its overall efficiency as one of South Africa’s leading clinical trial organisations. These functions include:

  • Archive room management
  • Equipment maintenance and replacement
  • Health and safety
  • Infection control
  • Procurement
  • Training
  • Logistics and
  • Waste management.

Infection control

A range of infection-control procedures ensure that all infection control systems are always in place to protect staff, patients and any visitors to CHRU’s sites. A ‘double-mask’ system has been implemented whereby the relevant participants  wear surgical masks and CHRU staff wear N95 masksat all times.

All staff are involved with infection control. Therefore cleaners, drivers and gardeners are also trained in waste disposal and infection control to protect themselves and others. This ensures they can deal with waste materials and incidents that may arise.

General waste, medical waste and biohazard material waste are all collected by third party waste disposal specialists. Staff are trained to prepare waste bags for collection to minimise risk. These activities take place according to according to CHRU’s Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and the Occupational Health and Safety Act 


Drivers play a vital role at CHRU:

  • They travel into communities for observed doses that trial participants must take
  • They transport participants
  • They help recruit new participants and
  • They help locate participants which have been lost to follow up.

When transporting TB patients, drivers minimise risk by ensuring that screens in the vehicle are working properly and masks are worn. They are trained to deal with cytotoxic spills by patients on chemotherapy and they ensure that kits with gloves, paper bags, etc. are always available in the vehicles. Drivers also help educate participants on minimising the spread of TB.