CMeRC – Charlotte Maxeke Research Cluster

South Africa  Johannesburg, South Africa

 – Prof. Jeffery Wing, Director, CMeRC


History and Structure

CMeRC was established as a collaborating Agency with the following constituent members: Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital (CMJAH), Gauteng Department of Health and Social Development (GDoHSD), National Health Laboratory Services (NHLS).

In general, CMeRC performs translational research for effective and efficient health service deliveries. The main areas of its competence include Translational research, Health Technology Assessment, Clinical economics, Evidence-based health care, and Medical Management.

The CMeRC has three constituent Units namely, Translational research, Health Technology Assessment and Clinical Epidemiology.  The CMeRC- HTA Unit is focused on the analysis of clinical, economic and impact resulting from the use of devices, practices and health care services.

The role of the unit of HTA is:


  • To promote an interdisciplinary and scientific environment in clinical practice that fosters excellence in production, communication and implementation of health technology assessment for the improvement of patient care in an efficient and creative way.
  • To collaborate in and develop capacity building in assessment of health technology.

How does CMeRC-HTA Unit work?

The experts and professionals at CMeRC come from diverse backgrounds, namely epidemiology, engineering, preventive medicine, public health and health economics.

The Unit conducts HTA assessments as requested by our constituent members. We also provide advice at a decentralised level of the health system (provincial, district and hospital level).

CMeRC-HTA is a member of global HTA network: HTAi, INAHTA and local HTA Society, SAHTAS.

Dissemination Activities

All studies and reports are published on the CMeRC-HTA website (to be launched in early 2016).

Ongoing Projects (selection)

  • Introduction and implementation of mini-HTA tool in various provincial hospitals
  • To adapt and develop methodologies (tools) for assessment of medical devices and procedures.
  • HTA: Treatment and prevention of hip fracture
  • Management, treatment and prevention of Type 2 diabetes.
  • Management, treatment and prevention of TB
  • Review of current policy framework for maternal and child health
  • Diagnosis and treatment of low back pain in primary care settings

Future Plans

To actively promote awareness and culture of health technology assessment locally and in other Sub-Saharan African countries
To develop sustainable education and training programs in Health Technology Assessment


Agency Information


Country: South Africa
Description of population served: The population that uses public health facilities in the Gauteng Province (approximately 80%)
Population served (mil): The Gauteng Province, 10.6
Current HTA budget (mil USD): 0.1
Permanent staff: 5
Consultants: Variable
Ongoing TA projects: 3 Full reports, 2 mini-HTA, 2 rapid reviews

Contact Information

Director: Prof. Jeffery Wing
Contact person: Jani Mueller

Department of Internal Medicine
Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital
Jubilee Road
Park town 2193 Johannesburg South Africa

Tel: +27-11717-2501/+27-11-488-3654
Fax: +27 86 553 3113