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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 13-16 May 2019, HEARD is offering this short course 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 interactions, system...

Training Workshop: Applied Cost & Cost-Effectiveness Analysis for Public Health

On 13-17 May 2019, HEARD is offering this short course 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? What is/was the impact of the intervention in specific situations; and what are/were the costs, and to wh...

Seminar: Researching and working with gender, sexuality and young people

HEARD invites you to a seminar by Professor Deevia Bhana, the DST/NRF South African Research Chair  in Gender and Childhood Sexuality and a Professor in the School of Education, University of KwaZulu-Natal. This is the first of a series of seminars on Public Health and Social Policy for 2019. About the speaker:  Professor Deevia Bhana's research lies in the areas of gender, sexuality, children, young people and schooling. This research is informed by a cross-cutting approach, drawing from the sociology of childhood, political economy, critical feminist an...

Opportunity: Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

HEARD is looking to appoint post-doctoral research fellows on a two year fixed term contract subject to renewal based on performance and funding availability. The purpose is to enable the post-doctoral research fellow to engage in a period of uninterrupted research. Scholars are expected to engage in full-time post-doctoral studies in research at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa in their area of focus under the supervision of a senior research fellow.  Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis, taking into account the applicant’s acad...

PhD Scholarship; Gender-Based Violence

HEARD is offering three scholarships to be awarded to students undertaking research focusing on the theme of gender-based violence, looking at prevalence, determinants and policy responses to GBV. This is part of our PhD programme, aimed at producing expertly qualified graduates to advise or to be part of influential policy-making or programme implementing entities in Africa, and to pursue additional research priorities. About the scholarships 1. Gender-based violence in higher education in Africa. Whilst there has been substantial research on gend...

PhD Scholarship Applications Open

As part of HEARD's commitment to investing in the development of African scholars, we are offering up to 10 PhD Scholarships for 2019.   Under the supervision of Professor Nana Poku and with the generous support of The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, the scholarship is aimed producing expertly qualified graduates to advise or to be part of influential policy-making or programme implementing entities in Africa, and to pursue additional research priorities. WHO SHOULD APPLY? Applications are invited from citizens of all African ...

Independent research in identifies opportunities to improve effectiveness of Global Fund processes

Synthesis report' focuses on grants in Malawi, Tanzania and Zimbabwe Global Fund support is essential to saving lives and strengthening health systems, particularly in Eastern and Southern Africa, and therefore understanding how countries plan for, receive and invest this support is critical to ensure that such investments achieve the greatest impacts.  In-depth analyses of these issues in the region are few.  However, a new report recently published by the Health Economics and HIV and AIDS Research Division of the University of Kwazulu-Natal - ...

HEARD PhD students inspire in Sweden

HEARD PhD students, Patience Bulage and Sarah Khanakwa, have described their experience at the University of Gothenburg as one which has expanded their worldview and helped them gain international contacts and skills which will assist in their studies and future careers. Their visit to was part of a research, teaching and student exchange partnership between HEARD and the Swedish University’s medical school, Sahlgrenska Academy. Khanakwa said she had expected to see a majority of Swedes in her class but was fascinated to find that her 43 classmates came fr...

HEARD a “perfect fit” for Norwegian intern

HEARD has bid farewell to intern, Helene Karlsen, who returns to Norway after spending four months at the organisation. Karlsen is currently completing her Masters in Global Development Theory and Practice at the Department of Health Promotion and Development at the University of Bergen. She initially came to the University of KwaZulu-Natal- where HEARD is based- to participate in a course titled; Political economy of the welfare state with a focus on poverty and sustainable development on a scholarship through Comparative Research Programme on Poverty (CROP)....