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Workshop on translating scientific research for policy makers

HEARD recently shared its expertise at a training workshop on ‘translating scientific research for policy and decision makers’. Research Director, Dr Kaymarlin Govender, together with Dena Lomofsky, from Southern Hemisphere, facilitated a workshop training with biomedical and epidemiological researchers at UKZN on how to decode scientific research in a manner that is understandable to policy makers and programme implementers. “The traditional mandate of universities and research institutions is to generate scientific knowledge which is then largely commu...

Research cluster examines risks and vulnerabilities to gender-based-violence

HEARD’s Gender-based Violence (GBV) research cluster is currently working on a number of studies aimed at understanding the intersections of risk and vulnerability for GBV across a range of populations and contexts, including institutions of higher education, amongst female migrants and refugees and in contexts of transactional sex and sex-work. GBV is linked with a host of poor SRH and mental health outcomes, including risk of HIV, unintended pregnancy, unsafe abortion and depression. Dr Tamaryn Crankshaw, HEARD’s Programme Leader for Sexual and Reproducti...

Abstract awarded for outstanding research

A conference abstract whose authors include two HEARD researchers, has been recognised by the International AIDS Society (IAS) as one of the highest scoring at their recent annual conference. Researcher Michael Strauss and Dr Gavin George who is the Programme Leader for Health Systems Strengthening, were first and second author respectively of the abstract which won a US $10 000 prize at the 10th IAS Conference on HIV Science in Mexico City, Mexico. The abstract- Optimizing treatment models for people living with HIV in urban Zimbabwe: Findings from a mixed-me...

Seminar: The intimate link between Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and Universal Health Coverage

HEARD invites you to a seminar, The intimate link between Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and Universal Health Coverage, by Lund University researcher Jesper Sundewall. About the seminar: With the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the world has committed to achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and universal access to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) (Targets 3.7 and 3.8 of the SSDGs). UHC and Universal access to SRHR are intimately linked. In most countries, achieving UHC will not be possible unless pressing SRHR needs are add...

Seminar- Economies of transactional sex: Preliminary results from a study in Madagascar

HEARD invites you to a seminar, Economies of Transactional Sex: Preliminary Results from a Study in Madagascar, by Professor Jane Freedman from the Université Paris 8, France. About the seminar: This seminar will present the preliminary findings of a study on transactional sex/sex work amongst young people in four regions of Madagascar. It will look at determinants of engagement in transactional sex, both nationally and within wider global economic structures. We will discuss the challenges involved in carrying out such research, and conceptual questions suc...

Seminar: Social networks, social influence and HIV risk behaviour in KwaZulu-Natal youth

HEARD invites you to a seminar; Social networks, social influence and HIV risk behaviour in KwaZulu-Natal youth by Dr Guy Harling, a Sir Henry Dale Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Global Health (IGH) at University College London. About the seminar: Social connections are vital sources of information and influence relating to sexual risk and protective behaviour. Understanding who provides what advice to young sexually active people may allow researchers to develop interventions that efficiently change behaviour in high-incidence settings. In hi...

HEARD research influences government policy

Researchers from the Health Economics and HIV/AIDS Research Division (HEARD), based on the Westville campus, showcased UKZN’s research excellence at the recent 9th SA AIDS Conference, with their work which has influenced national government policy. Dr Gavin George, HEARD’s Programme Leader for Health Systems Strengthening, presented on the South Africa School-Based Sexuality and HIV Prevention Education Activity, a PEPFAR-funded USAID initiative aimed at reducing new HIV infections among learners. The programme works with the Department of Basic Education ...

HEARD welcomes new post-doctoral research fellow

We are delighted to welcome Dr Marcia Mutambara, who has joined HEARD as a post-doctoral research fellow. Mutambara recently graduated with her PhD in Conflict Transformation and Peace Studies from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, focusing on gender, sexuality, migration and human security. She also holds undergraduate qualifications in International Relations and Political Science. “I have always had an interest in looking at issues related to gender,” she said. Mutambara is part of HEARD’s newly formed gender-based violence (GBV) research cluster, he...

Seminar: Gendered insecurities- Understanding the human security implications of migration on Zimbabwean women in South Africa

You are invited to a seminar Gendered Insecurities: Understanding the human security implications of migration on Zimbabwean women in South Africa by Dr Marcia Victoria Mutambara, a Post-Doctoral Fellow at HEARD. She will reflect on her PhD study journey and unpack intersectional pathways of how different social identities like race, gender, class and sexuality join together to form interlocking systems of oppression and vulnerability for migrant women in South Africa. About the speaker: Dr Marcia Victoria Mutambara is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at HEARD. Her resea...

HEARD at SA Aids Conference

HEARD researchers will be amongst the delegates participating in the 9th SA Aids Conference, the second largest HIV conference in the world, taking place at the Durban ICC from 11 to 14 June. HEARD Research Director, Dr Kaymarlin Govender, was selected to be part of the conference committee, charged with putting together a compelling and relevant programme reflecting current regional and international perspectives on HIV and Aids under the theme; Unprecedented Innovations and Technologies: HIV and change. Govender is also the co-chair of Track 4 of the confe...