Introducing our research
Established in 1998, HEARD – the Health Economics and HIV and AIDS Research Division – has a global reputation as a leading applied research centre that brings together interdisciplinary teams to solve complex health problems on the African continent. Innovation is driven by an epistemology that uses public health, policy analysis and health economics methods to tackle these complex issues. Our vision is to achieve health equity across the continent by meeting Africa’s current and future health challenges.
HEARD is a self-funded organisation based at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) that conducts multi-level research and analysis on the social and structural determinants of health and health inequalities in Africa, especially the African HIV and AIDS pandemic. We seek to sustain a dynamic research agenda that reflects the changing African burden of disease and catalyses interdisciplinary and innovative work among key researchers across the continent and our international partners. Our agenda is creative and resourceful, focusing on the intersections of diverse investigator expertise and methods.
We have an Africa-wide mandate with research applicable across the region that impacts on regional policies and programmes. We collaborate with a range of partners, both locally and internationally, through established research and policy networks. Our research reflects a dedicated and dynamic engagement with Africa’s health challenges, as well as driving an agenda for emerging opportunities in the field of global health, both in Africa and globally.
Featured research projects
Challenges to antiretroviral therapy adherence in LGBTI people living with HIV in East and Southern Africa
Aims and objectives: We conducted two small scoping studies on challenges to ART adherence in men who have sex with men (MSM) and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) communities living ...>>
HIV Incidence Provincial Surveillance System (HIPSS): A longitudinal study to monitor HIV incidence trends in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Overview To establish population-level HIV incidence Provincial Surveillance System (HIPSS) platform in a household-based representative sample of men and women. Objectives The primary objective of the study is ...>>
A randomised controlled trial to evaluate adding self-administered oral HIV testing as a choice in clinic and non-clinic settings to increase HIV testing uptake among truck drivers in Kenya
Overview: A pilot programme to introduce self-administered oral HIV testing to truck driver clients of two North Start Alliance clinics in Kenya in two settings — in the clinic and the clients’ home. ...>>