HEARD recently hosted the second in a series of high-level retreats around domestic financing and prioritisation of health under the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, better known as SDGs.
The meeting took place at the Thanda Private Game Reserve in Hluhluwe, South Africa between 28 June - 1 July 2017. A core group of former and current Ministers of Health from the Eastern and Southern region of Africa (ESA), academics, representatives of regional and sub-regional intergovernmental organisations, as well as high-level representatives of multilateral organisations dispensed with formalities and engaged in open discussion under Chatham House Rules.
The meeting aimed to create a platform for shared regional experiences and learning, to identify key entry points, to offer practical innovations, and to ultimately assist regional governments in setting actionable priorities. These will best secure broad, sustainable advances in health coverage, at costs, which are feasible, both financially and politically. Guided by three overarching themes, the day and a half meeting revolved around planning for the transition to reduced levels of donor funding, the expansion of domestic fiscal space for health, how to accommodate expectations of larger and more effective health systems, particularly for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and non-communicable diseases (NCDs), and toward the advancement of Universal Health ...>>
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HEARD in partnership with the University of Birmingham will conduct a methodological workshop to structured around a series of presentations and discussions aiming to address these questions and to result in the development of new methodological tools for research on SGBV which is both locally sensitive and inclusive. Context Sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) remains a massive problem worldwide and the widespread international attention to it has sparked a range of high profile policy responses. The impact of these policy responses, however, has been limited, as ...>>
Public talk: Intimate partner violence among pregnant women in low-income countries – A case study of Rwanda
Intimate partner violence during pregnancy is associated with maternal mortality, adverse pregnancy outcomes and childhood growth impairment. Its effects may be exacerbated in resource-limited settings. Nevertheless, it has not been thoroughly investigated. In this talk, Dr Akashi Andrew Rurangirwa, a medical doctor and a PhD candidate at the University of Gothenburg, aims to discuss in all forms of IPV and associated risk factors among pregnant women in low-income countries with Rwanda as a case study. Powered by Eventbrite About Dr Akashi Andrew Rurangirwa Akashi ...>>
December 1 marked World AIDS Day. A brief moment reflection our recent achievements in the fight against HIV and AIDS point to some significant victories. Globally, we have more scientific knowledge on how the virus is transmitted with prevention and treatment options being tailored to suit particular population profiles. The strategic response to the epidemic in Africa (UNAIDS Fast Track, 90-90-90 ALL –IN ) has kept pace with recent scientific discoveries. There are however challenges ahead and we cannot slow down efforts in the fights to reduce new infections. While ...>>
Media release: HEARD embarks on an extensive research project on young key populations in SADC countries
HEARD embarks on an extensive research project on young key populations in SADC countries, in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme and African Men for Sexual Health and Rights Durban, South Africa | 1 December 2016 HEARD has successfully obtained a large research grant to conduct operational research on young key populations in Angola, Madagascar, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The research is embedded in a larger project that aims to strengthen the legal and policy environment for these groups in order to reduce stigma and discrimination of ...>>
ARV treatment on the rise, but UN urges urgent action as thousands of young women continue to be infected with HIV. The number of HIV-infected people taking anti-retroviral (ARV) medicine has doubled in just five years, the United Nations said while highlighting high infection rates among young African women. A new report released by UNAIDS, a UN programme, on Monday said thousands of young women and girls across the world are being infected with the HIV virus every week and preventing new infections is still proving difficult. The report added that while UNAIDS was on ...>>
HEARD’s Scholarship Programme aims to emphasise the mastery of quantitative and qualitative methods for understanding policy problems and for devising, evaluating and/or implementing policy solutions. The aim of providing PhD scholarships is to produce expertly qualified graduates to advise or to be part of influential policy making organisations in Africa. Under the supervision of Professor Nana Poku and with the generous support of Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, HEARD is offering up to five PhD Research Scholarships (full time) in any of the ...>>
Frank Tanser shares results from a population-based cohort in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa on the application of geospatial analyses to reveal targets for intervention
Frank Tanser an infectious disease epidemiologist with specialist expertise in geographical information systems technology, shares results from a population-based cohort in rural KZN, on the application of geospatial analyses to reveal targets for intervention. About the speaker: Frank Tanser an infectious disease epidemiologist with specialist expertise in geographical information systems (GIS) technology. He is Professor of Epidemiology in the College of Health Sciences at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and is an Honorary Professor of University College London ...>>
Economics, financing and HIV: Reflections from the 2016 International AIDS Economics Network Preconference
[Original post on Results for Development ] Last month’s International AIDS Economics Network (IAEN) Preconference in Durban (July 15-16, 2016) demonstrated the strong political will to prioritize financing and harness economics to sustain the global HIV response and end AIDS. What a long way we have come since we first met in Durban 16 years ago. With high-level participation by ministers of health from Lesotho, Namibia, Botswana, Uganda, and Zimbabwe, along with the heads of UNAIDS and PEPFAR and experts from the CDC and the World Bank, this gathering demonstrated ...>>