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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...

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 lar...