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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...

2019 PhD Scholarship Applications now 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...

Post-doctoral fellowship scheme

HEARD recruits postdoctoral fellows, for limited periods, with a research trajectory aligned to their priority research nodes. Post-doctoral fellows benefit by undertaking research in an applied research centre with high level – and wide ranging – connectivity in the public health sector. Post-doctoral fellows have the opportunity to engage and collaborate with colleagues who share their research interests, while bringing different knowledge, experience, connections and perspectives. A Visiting Researcher scheme has been established for researchers who wish...

HEARD launches SRHR Knowledge Sharing Platform

HEARD is excited announce the launch of SRHRConnect - a dedicated and live knowledge gateway offering evidence-based research and resources related to sexual and reproductive health and rights in East and Southern Africa. The aim of SRHRConnect is to facilitate more effective, evidence-based policy and programming on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in East and Southern Africa by providing a knowledge brokering infrastructure. The platform primarily seeks to support researchers, policy makers, practitioners, civil society organisations, and funders. ...

HEARD at #AIDS2018: How do we achieve health equity for young key populations?

Despite significant progress in reversing the HIV epidemic in southern Africa, there remain deep inequalities in access to sexual and reproductive health services – especially for young key populations. This short film gives voice to the challenges being faced by these marginalized groups. Produced by UNDP, AMSHeR and HEARD through the Linking Policy to Programming project, with the support of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. ...

Public Lecture: Introduction to Qualitative Methodology

**This workshop is now filled to capacity.  Please follow the conversation on Twitter @HEARD_UKZN Dr Gunilla Priebe from the University of Gothenburg delivers a public lecture  on qualitative methodological approaches, specifically; The characteristics of qualitative knowledge The role of the researcher in qualitative research Qualitative study designs and data collection methods Quality criteria in qualitative research.  About the speaker: Dr Gunilla Priebe is a senior lecturer in the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine at Institute of...

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, parti...

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 P...

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 syst...