A message from our Chair of Governors
For over 15 years, HEARD has pioneered, developed, organised and supported knowledge exchange and the uptake of research evidence across much of the African continent and beyond. The organisation has a strong track record of directing research to decision makers across the spectrum of local, national and international government and non-government organisations.
Under the leadership of Professor Nana Poku, as Executive Director since January 2014, the organisation has worked with partners and funders to broaden the scope of HEARD’s research, education and short term consultancies from a focus on HIV and its impacts on African economies and societies, to encompass Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Health Governance and Financing, and Health Systems Strengthening, among others.
Through the long-term support of Swedish International Cooperation Development Agency (SIDA) and the University of Kwazulu-Natal, HEARD has been able to make great strides in pioneering regional research into neglected issues such as understanding abortions (legal and illegal), intimate sexual violence and disabilities among adolescents and young people in East and Southern Africa.
HEARD benefits from the support and guidance of an influential Board of Governors that assists HEARD to maintain the high quality of its research and identify over-the-horizon issues for early attention. Governors are prominent individuals from the public and private sectors with a passionate commitment to development, including political scientists, development economists, and health policymakers.
– Janet Love, Chair