Professor Thomas Rehle

Visiting Professor of International Health: School of Public Health and Family Medicine
global health, infectious disease epidemiology, HIV/AIDS intervention research, epidemiological modeling and the design and analysis of national population-based surveys
Professor Thomas Rehle


Professor Thomas M Rehle serves as a Director and Senior Programme Advisor in the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) programme on HIV / AIDS, Sexually Transmitted Infections and TB, based in Cape Town, South Africa. He is a Visiting Professor of International Health at the University of Cape Town, School of Public Health and Family Medicine. He holds an MD from the Ludwig Maximillian?s University of Munich, an MSc degree from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a PhD in Medical Sciences from the University of Antwerp.

He has over 20 years expertise in tropical public health and disease control interventions. His leadership in HIV/AIDS programming resulted in the inception and implementation of many country programmes worldwide. From 1987 to 1993, Prof Rehle was directing the German Support Programme on AIDS for developing countries implemented by the German Agency for Technical Cooperation (GTZ). During his tenure with Family Health International (1996-2001), he was responsible for the design and implementation of the overall evaluation strategy of two global AIDS Control and Prevention Projects (AIDSCAP and IMPACT) and pioneered the development of innovative evaluation tools and data collection methods that became part of technical UNAIDS/WHO guidelines for Second Generation HIV Surveillance and M&E of national HIV / AIDS prevention and care programmes. He was lead editor and author of the reference guide on ?Evaluating Programs for HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care in Developing Countries: A Handbook for Program Managers and Decision

He joined the (HSRC) in May 2005. His research areas at the HSRC include infectious disease epidemiology, HIV/AIDS intervention research, epidemiological modeling and the design and analysis of national, population-based HIV surveys.

He served in many international scientific committees and advisory boards. He is a member of the UNAIDS Reference Group on Estimates, Modeling and Projections and serves on the Steering Committee of the WHO Working Group on HIV Incidence Assays. He is also a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa. His publication record spans the authoring and co-authoring of more than 150 publications and presentations in scientific journals, books and international conferences.


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