Dr Aantjes is a senior research fellow at HEARD with a focus on SRHR and health system strengthening. Carolien has over 25 years of international experience in the field of HIV and public health and has worked, among others, for the Ministry of Health in Namibia as a coordinator of a regional AIDS programme and as a public health nurse for the municipal health services of Amsterdam. She undertook many short-term consultancy assignments in Africa and Asia before moving into the academic space. Since 2015, she has been engaged in HEARD’s interdisciplinary research on unsafe abortion, and has served as both project leader and country PI in two large studies focussing on key populations in Africa and in Eastern Europe, Central and South-East Asia.

Mr Beckett is a research fellow at HEARD. Sean’s work at HEARD has focused on health systems strengthening and HIV prevention and care in Southern Africa. Sean has been involved in several evaluations and consultancies with a specific focus on the quantitative analysis of health data. Most recently he assisted with the evaluation of the DREAMS (Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored and Safe) programme in four districts in South Africa and the Evaluation of the REACH III Adolescent HIV Combination Prevention and Impact Mitigation Project in Eswatini. Sean is currently a PhD candidate at UKZN.


Sexual and reproductive health is an essential component of the universal right to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health and must be met for both women and men. Global, continental and regional commitments, such as the SADC Regional Strategy on Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), all emphasize the importance of engaging men and boys to achieve gender equality and foster women empowerment, including addressing the specific health and social development needs of men and boys themselves. Despite these commitments, the current body of work from the region indicates that initiatives to engage men and boys as clients, supportive partners and advocates in SRH remain small in scale and that national policies and strategies pay insufficient attention to male needs, and the critical role of men and boys in the promotion of gender-equitable attitudes and behaviours.

The webinar will present the findings of a mixed methods research on male SRH needs, preferences and uptake of services, and innovations from the region in working with adolescent boys and young men. The study was commissioned by UNFPA ESARO and was conducted in Uganda, Lesotho, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe.


Date: 9th of May 2023

Time: 10:00-11:00

Zoom Link: https://ukzn.zoom.us/j/93369125874?pwd=Si95RFpNb0lOOTN5cWdUT0U0UzN5dz09

Meeting ID: 933 6912 5874

Passcode: 144419

HEARD webinar May 2023