Introducing our most recent annual report
HEARD is an applied research unit that aims to make a difference in the lives of the people of southern Africa. This means that our research has to be of the highest possible standard. As this report shows, we have a range of important activities which include both the academic and practical. The organisation has achieved an astounding academic output. The number and quality of publications is at an international standard. As importantly, the organisation seeks to mentor and develop the next generation of academics for the region by undertaking capacity development activities through internship posts, junior researcher posts, postdocs and its PhD Programme. This vision is critical. It is not enough to do research, no matter how good it is. We also need to share the results, and where relevant, push them. The communications team at HEARD is outstanding. The use of social media is ongoing, and the production of a documentary and multimedia presentations was an exciting development during 2012. One of the key metrics by which academics are judged is publications. This report reflects a record number of publications in 2012. It is a source of great pride to us that HEARD is able to place so many articles in good, peer-reviewed journals. This shorter Annual Report shows HEARD continues to ‘punch above its weight’.
HEARD has achieved an astounding academic output. The number and quality of publications is at an international standard. As importantly, the organisation seeks to mentor and develop the next generation of academics for the region by undertaking capacity development activities.
HEARD’s involvement within the African region lays a good foundation for improved health management, prevention and response initiatives that will positively affect the lives of millions.The
current political commitment to secure the
right to access health care for all in our country
will greatly benefit from the work that HEARD
has carried out.
One of the keys to sustained, broad-based economic growth is the need for close partnerships between government, business and research institutions. Nowhere could this be truer than in our response to HIV and AIDS.
HEARD is a unique organisation in that it combines academic rigour with applied research and seeks to disseminate this in such a way as to influence policy. HEARD has made significant progress strengthening systems in order to consolidate support to expanding programmes.
HEARD's research seeks to support all those intent on designing interventions to curb the pandemic; be they in government, civil society or the private sector. This was the driving force behind the 29 research projects which HEARD was conducting in 2008.
HEARD has begun to deploy its augmented capital towards a research, advocacy and management agenda that will continue to pursue excellence and relevance. We have built vibrant new partnerships and strengthened collaborations to ensure that HEARD’s delivery against our strategy is undertaken across Africa and the globe.