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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...

Promoting the SRHR of young people: Current issues and opportunities

Africa is home to a very youthful population, with 32% aged between 10-24 years. Further, the proportion of young people between the ages of 12-24 years is expected to continue to rise. 1 The Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) and concomitant enabling rights of these young people is clearly critical but the reality is that they often face insurmountable barriers in having these needs met. Realising that the generation and uptake of robust and rigorous evidence is critical to informing SRH policy and programming, HEARD has prioritised this research area. Thi...

Seminar: Understanding structural drivers of GBV- The importance of a comprehensive approach

HEARD invites you to a seminar, Understanding Structural Drivers Of GBV- The Importance of a Comprehensive Approach, by Professor Jane Freedman from the Université Paris 8, France. This seminar will help participants understand the importance of considering wider systemic and structural factors in research on various forms of gender-based violence, and in relating to these to their own empirical research. About the speaker: Jane Freedman is a professor at the Université Paris 8’s School of Sociology and Anthropology. She is also currently acting as an ...

Experts talk UHC at African health economics and policy conference

HEARD researcher, Mike Strauss, recently attended the 10th African Health Economics and Policy Association Biennial Conference in Accra, Ghana. He was among the health economists, public health and health policy researchers and experts engaging on the important theme: “Securing primary healthcare for all: the foundation of Universal Health Coverage in Africa”. “It was useful to understand the prevailing discourse and the current economic and policy approaches to increasing access to healthcare and financial risk protection, as well as engaging with the deb...

Training workshop: Qualitative methodology

On 11 - 14 November 2019, HEARD is offering this training workshop on approaches to doing qualitative research. This intensive course will introduce researchers to conceptual approaches to qualitative research, qualitative data collection methods, study designs, analysis models and paradigmatic points of departure for qualitative studies. The course will include both lectures and hands-on problem and analyses. WHAT IS THE VALUE OF QUALITATIVE  RESEARCH? Qualitative research is an approach used largely in the social sciences to explore social interacti...

Training workshop: Applied cost and cost-effectiveness analysis for public health

On 11-15 November 2019, HEARD is offering a training workshop on applied economic evaluation, with a focus on the evaluation of cost, cost-effectiveness analysis, and related skills.  Examples and data from several applied studies will be used to train participants to estimate program costs and to conduct cost-outcomes and cost-effectiveness analysis. The course will include both lectures and hands-on problem and analyses. WHY ARE ECONOMIC EVALUATIONS IMPORTANT? Two questions immediately arise as part of economic evaluations of public health interventions: ...