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HEARD researcher appointed to international health research institute

A UKZN researcher based at the Health Economics and HIV/AIDS Research Division (HEARD) in Westville campus, has been selected as a member of an international health institute. Dr Gavin George, Programme Leader for Health Systems Strengthening at HEARD, was appointed network member of the Otago Global Health Institute (OGHI). The OGHI is a flagship institute of the Otago University in New Zealand and its purpose is to contribute to solving global health problems by fostering partnerships with research institutions and organisations in lower-resourced countries....

HEARD and partners exchange research findings on YKPs

HEARD researchers and partners from Madagascar, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique and Angola recently came together in Durban for the second annual regional research meeting for the Linking Policy to Programming Project. This joint 4-year project is 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 participants presented their findings, explored and discussed the themes that are emerging from and across the differ...

HEARD welcomes new post-doctoral research fellow

HEARD is pleased to welcome new post-doctoral research fellow Dr Roselyn Kanyemba, who recently obtained her PhD in anthropology at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Kanyemba will be working with HEARD Research Director Dr Kaymarlin Govender on the subject area of masculinities and HIV. “The post-doctoral fellowship challenges and offers me an opportunity to expand from my PhD thesis which showed how toxic masculinity fuelled violence,” she said. Kanyemba’s thesis focused on the normalisation of sexist humour in higher education setting and showed how mis...

2020 PhD scholarship applications open

As part of HEARD’s commitment to investing in the development of African scholars, we are offering PhD Scholarships for 2020.  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 countries. Female candidates and, in the case of South Africa, those from previously disadvantaged backgrounds, are especially encouraged to apply. ...

Workshop on translating scientific research for policy makers

HEARD recently shared its expertise at a training workshop on ‘translating scientific research for policy and decision makers’. Research Director, Dr Kaymarlin Govender, together with Dena Lomofsky, from Southern Hemisphere, facilitated a workshop training with biomedical and epidemiological researchers at UKZN on how to decode scientific research in a manner that is understandable to policy makers and programme implementers. “The traditional mandate of universities and research institutions is to generate scientific knowledge which is then largely commu...

Research cluster examines risks and vulnerabilities to gender-based-violence

HEARD’s Gender-based Violence (GBV) research cluster is currently working on a number of studies aimed at understanding the intersections of risk and vulnerability for GBV across a range of populations and contexts, including institutions of higher education, amongst female migrants and refugees and in contexts of transactional sex and sex-work. GBV is linked with a host of poor SRH and mental health outcomes, including risk of HIV, unintended pregnancy, unsafe abortion and depression. Dr Tamaryn Crankshaw, HEARD’s Programme Leader for Sexual and Reproducti...

Abstract awarded for outstanding research

A conference abstract whose authors include two HEARD researchers, has been recognised by the International AIDS Society (IAS) as one of the highest scoring at their recent annual conference. Researcher Michael Strauss and Dr Gavin George who is the Programme Leader for Health Systems Strengthening, were first and second author respectively of the abstract which won a US $10 000 prize at the 10th IAS Conference on HIV Science in Mexico City, Mexico. The abstract- Optimizing treatment models for people living with HIV in urban Zimbabwe: Findings from a mixed-me...

Seminar: The intimate link between Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and Universal Health Coverage

HEARD invites you to a seminar, The intimate link between Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and Universal Health Coverage, by Lund University researcher Jesper Sundewall. About the seminar: With the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the world has committed to achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and universal access to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) (Targets 3.7 and 3.8 of the SSDGs). UHC and Universal access to SRHR are intimately linked. In most countries, achieving UHC will not be possible unless pressing SRHR needs are add...

Seminar- Economies of transactional sex: Preliminary results from a study in Madagascar

HEARD invites you to a seminar, Economies of Transactional Sex: Preliminary Results from a Study in Madagascar, by Professor Jane Freedman from the Université Paris 8, France. About the seminar: This seminar will present the preliminary findings of a study on transactional sex/sex work amongst young people in four regions of Madagascar. It will look at determinants of engagement in transactional sex, both nationally and within wider global economic structures. We will discuss the challenges involved in carrying out such research, and conceptual questions suc...

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...