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Public Lecture: Social Epidemiology – How Social Structures ‘Get Under the Skin’ and Affect Patterns of Health

HEARD invites you to a seminar by Dr Sven Hassler from the University of Gothenburg who will be presenting on social epidemiological approaches. About the speaker: Dr Sven Hassler is a senior lecturer at Department of Public Health and Community Medicine at Institute of Medicine, University of Gothenburg. Dr Hassler’s early epidemiological research focused on the health and health conditions amongst different populations, including the Sami population in Sweden. His current research interest focusses how concepts related to health promotion, for example, ...>>


CAREERS: Visiting Professor / Visiting Assistant Professor

HEARD invites applications for a one-year position, (2018 academic year), as Visiting Professor / Visiting Assistant Professor in any of the following areas: The Future Health Financing in Eastern and Southern Africa Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Universal Health Coverage HIV Prevention Gender-based Violence and Health. We are seeking to appoint two candidates from the list to engage in research likely to enhance HEARD’s ambition to become a National Research Foundation rated Centre of Excellence by 2020. Successful candidates will: Hold a PhD in any area ...>>


PhD Students Present Research to International Audience in Sweden

Four doctoral students at recently participated in an intensive programme of workshops and seminars on qualitative research methods at the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg (UG) in Sweden. The trip was made possible through a bilateral National Research Foundation-STINT capacity-building research grant involving HEARD, University of KwaZulu-Natal and UG. The collaboration supports programmatic research and development activities, including student and staff exchanges, aimed at the implementation of joint research projects focussed on health systems ...>>


World AIDS Day: Putting human rights on the agenda

Human rights violations are a fundamental driver of the HIV vulnerability and risk for key populations (sex workers, men who have sex with men, people who use drugs, transgender people). Stigma, discrimination and human rights violations are argued to be one of the major barriers to HIV prevention and treatment, particularly where criminal laws combined with high levels of stigma, discrimination and human rights abuses marginalise key populations from society in general, as well as from crucial health services. Protecting and promoting human rights is not only an ...>>


HEARD at #AIDSImpact2017: Live Updates

HEARD researchers are live at the @AIDSImpact conference currently underway in Cape Town, South Africa. We’ll be sharing updates from their research presentations and discussions around key populations, health systems, HIV prevention and health financing. Tweet #AIDSImpact Tweets by HEARD_UKZN


International Safe Abortion Day – A day for action towards access to Safe and Legal Abortion

Unsafe abortion is a major cause of mortality and morbidity and has been identified as one of the key health crises on the global health agenda. Ninety-eight percent of unsafe abortions take place in middle- and low-income countries with the most deaths occurring in countries with restrictive abortion policies. It is no coincidence that the risk of death from unsafe abortion is the highest in the African region compared to the rest of the world. Along with a restrictive legal context, the continent is grappling with overburdened and weak health systems and the largest ...>>


HEARD PhD graduate appointed as Visiting Scientist at Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health

Dr Bereket Yakob Yota, a recent graduate of HEARD’s PhD Programme at UKZN has been appointed as a visiting scientist at the prestigious Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health. Dr Yota who graduated with a PhD at the University of KwaZulu Natal in 2016, has been selected to contribute to the Department of Population and Global Health with focus on Health Systems at the elite Harvard T.H Chan School of Public health. Born in Ethiopia in 1980, Dr Yota has dedicated a significant part of his life to the field of public health. His studies began with Bachelor of Science ...>>


HEARD hosts high-level retreat for Universal Health Coverage

HEARD recently hosted the second in a series of high-level retreats around domestic financing and prioritisation of health under the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, better known as SDGs. The meeting took place at the Thanda Private Game Reserve in Hluhluwe, South Africa between 28 June – 1 July 2017. A core group of former and current Ministers of Health from the Eastern and Southern region of Africa (ESA), academics, representatives of regional and sub-regional intergovernmental organisations, as well as high-level representatives of multilateral ...>>


How do we conduct SGBV research in conflict and post-conflict settings?

HEARD in partnership with the University of Birmingham will conduct a methodological workshop to structured around a series of presentations and discussions aiming to address these questions and to result in the development of new methodological tools for research on SGBV which is both locally sensitive and inclusive.  Context Sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) remains a massive problem worldwide and the widespread international attention to it has sparked a range of high profile policy responses. The impact of these policy responses, however, has been limited, as ...>>


Public talk: Intimate partner violence among pregnant women in low-income countries – A case study of Rwanda

Intimate partner violence during pregnancy is associated with maternal mortality, adverse pregnancy outcomes and childhood growth impairment. Its effects may be exacerbated in resource-limited settings. Nevertheless, it has not been thoroughly investigated. In this talk, Dr Akashi Andrew Rurangirwa, a medical doctor and a PhD candidate at the University of Gothenburg, aims to discuss in all forms of IPV and associated risk factors among pregnant women in low-income countries with Rwanda as a case study. Powered by Eventbrite About Dr Akashi Andrew Rurangirwa Akashi ...>>