On the 27 May 2015 the HPV and STIs Training Centre for Africa was opened at the Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University. Setting up this international reference centre was a vision of VLIR-UOS program together with WAKA HPV AFRICA network.
The network is a collaborative network of researchers from sub Saharan Countries and Belgium led by Prof John-Paul Bogers. It was formalized through the NSS-VLIR program funding. With the aim of training individuals from the African countries including South Africa and serve the SMU community and other African countries/institutions through collaborations. This is to strengthen the research in the HPV field and other STIs in African countries/institutions and also to encourage collaborations between these countries/institutions. This vision is made possible by our partner Hologic (ILEX and Separation Scientific), the VLIR-UOS and Department of Virology, Department of Anatomical Pathology and Department of Microbiology (SMU). The event will be co-hosted by ILEX (SA), Separation Scientific (SA) and Hologic.