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Partnering to invest in research and exchange

HEARD has welcomed four interns from Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden,  as part of a research, teaching and student exchange programme supported by NRF-STINT. Bhitariyo Mulimba, Wisdom Adoh, Gorgeous Chinkonono and Ginikachukwu Uwakwe joined HEARD in November and will stay for 6 weeks. The internship at HEARD is part of broader student and teacher exchange programme, which HEARD Director of Research Dr Kaymarlin Govender described as a; “cross fertilisation of knowledge, skills and methodological perspectives in public health.” ...

HEARD launches new PhD workspace

HEARD is delighted to announce the opening of a newly refurbished and dedicated workspace to accommodate the rapidly expanding cohort of PhD students enrolled in its PhD scholarship programme. Open to students throughout Africa, with a special focus on support for female candidates, the aim of HEARD’s doctoral programme is to build research capacity on the continent by producing a high calibre of African scholarship in the area of health planning, implementation and research. The fully funded in-house PhD training programme comprises subjects essential to th...

2019 PhD Scholarship Applications Open

The Health Economics and HIV/AIDS Research Division (HEARD) based at the University of KwaZulu-Natal is a regional and global leader for applied research and policy development on critical health and development challenges for the African continent. HEARD's mission is to influence and support evidence-based policy and good practice to more effectively address Africa’s health and development issues and to contribute to achieving health and sustainable development across the continent. A critical component of achieving HEARD's mission is investing in the develo...

Champions High Level Political Dialogue

The changing international donor landscape and shrinking external resources pose risk to the African continent in sustaining the progress made in the AIDS response. This, coupled with the limited increases in domestic investment in health and HIV, has led to the widening of the resource gap between what is required and what is available. It was to examine the current domestic funding environments and to seek innovative sources of domestic revenue to bridge this gap that the Champions for an AIDS-Free Generation in Africa led a two-day dialogue in Pretoria, Sout...

Report on Global Fund processes in Malawi, Tanzania and Zimbabwe released

HEARD has released a research report examining Global Fund processes in three African countries, Malawi, Tanzania and Zimbabwe, each of which receive the some of the largest Global Fund investments for their national HIV responses. Commissioned by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the report was prepared by HEARD Senior Research Officer Russell Armstrong with contributions from researchers Arlette Campbell White (Tanzania), Patrick Chinyamuchiko (Zimbabwe), and Steven Chizimbi (Malawi).  Given the importance of Global Fund investments in each country, ...

PhD Students off to Sweden for Public Health Masterclass

Two of HEARD’s doctoral candidates jetted off to Sweden this week, to participate in an intensive programme at the prestigious University of Gothenburg in Sweden. Patience Bulage and Sarah Khanakwa, who are part of the HEARD PhD programme, will join Public Health Science masters classes at the university’s medical school; Sahlgrenska Academy. The trip is part of a research partnership between Sahlgrenska Academy and HEARD, funded by the National Research Foundation (NRF) and the Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Educat...

Expert says HIV is a very cunning, adaptable and formidable foe

HIV is a cunning, adaptable and formidable foe that requires highly innovative counterattacks in an era characterized by drying up wells of donor financial support, an expert has said. Prof Nana Poku, the Executive Director for Health, Economics and Research Division (HEARD) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal who is also the newly-appointed Acting Vice Chancellor of that university, made this observation during a dialogue with Champions of an HIV Free Generation and other stakeholders. The dialogue, which also brought together Cabinet Ministers, Members of P...

Partnering to empower young researchers

An international partnership between a Swedish university and the Health Economic and HIV and AIDS Research Division (HEARD) based at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, has enabled the capacitation of early-career scientists on qualitative research methodologies. About 40 students and researchers had the opportunity to participate in a week-long workshop co-hosted by HEARD and UKZN’s Graduate School of Business. HEARD’s Research Director Dr Kay Govender, said the partnership between HEARD and the University of Gothenburg’s medical school Sahlgrenska Academ...

HEARD hosts research workshop for regional partners

HEARD recently hosted a regional research workshop in Durban, bringing together their research partners from four African countries; Madagascar, Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Mozambique. They had the opportunity to share their baseline findings for research being carried out as part of the Linking Policy to Programming project – a joint 4-year project aimed at strengthening the legal and policy environments for reducing HIV risk and improving the Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) of young key populations (YKPs) in Southern Africa (2017-2020). The workshop provi...

Congratulations to two of our PhD graduates

Congratulations to two of HEARD's most recent PhD graduates - Vimbai Chibango and Kudakwashe Dube. Dr Chibango graduated with a PhD in Development Studies. Her dissertation research focused on understanding male and female perspectives regarding male involvement in the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV programmes in Zimbabwe. Dr Dube graduated with a PhD in Public Policy. His dissertation research looked at the challenges and opportunities of translating international adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights guidelines into policy and a...