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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: ...

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 - ...