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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)....

Partnering to invest in research and exchange

HEARD has welcomed four interns from Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden,  as part of a research, teaching and student exchange programme supported by NRF-STINT. Bhitariyo Mulimba, Wisdom Adoh, Gorgeous Chinkonono and Ginikachukwu Uwakwe joined HEARD in November and will stay for 6 weeks. The internship at HEARD is part of broader student and teacher exchange programme, which HEARD Director of Research Dr Kaymarlin Govender described as a; “cross fertilisation of knowledge, skills and methodological perspectives in public health.” ...

HEARD launches new PhD workspace

HEARD is delighted to announce the opening of a newly refurbished and dedicated workspace to accommodate the rapidly expanding cohort of PhD students enrolled in its PhD scholarship programme. Open to students throughout Africa, with a special focus on support for female candidates, the aim of HEARD’s doctoral programme is to build research capacity on the continent by producing a high calibre of African scholarship in the area of health planning, implementation and research. The fully funded in-house PhD training programme comprises subjects essential to th...

2019 PhD Scholarship Applications 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...

Champions High Level Political Dialogue

The changing international donor landscape and shrinking external resources pose risk to the African continent in sustaining the progress made in the AIDS response. This, coupled with the limited increases in domestic investment in health and HIV, has led to the widening of the resource gap between what is required and what is available. It was to examine the current domestic funding environments and to seek innovative sources of domestic revenue to bridge this gap that the Champions for an AIDS-Free Generation in Africa led a two-day dialogue in Pretoria, Sout...

Report on Global Fund processes in Malawi, Tanzania and Zimbabwe released

HEARD has released a research report examining Global Fund processes in three African countries, Malawi, Tanzania and Zimbabwe, each of which receive the some of the largest Global Fund investments for their national HIV responses. Commissioned by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the report was prepared by HEARD Senior Research Officer Russell Armstrong with contributions from researchers Arlette Campbell White (Tanzania), Patrick Chinyamuchiko (Zimbabwe), and Steven Chizimbi (Malawi).  Given the importance of Global Fund investments in each country, ...

PhD Students off to Sweden for Public Health Masterclass

Two of HEARD’s doctoral candidates jetted off to Sweden this week, to participate in an intensive programme at the prestigious University of Gothenburg in Sweden. Patience Bulage and Sarah Khanakwa, who are part of the HEARD PhD programme, will join Public Health Science masters classes at the university’s medical school; Sahlgrenska Academy. The trip is part of a research partnership between Sahlgrenska Academy and HEARD, funded by the National Research Foundation (NRF) and the Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Educat...