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HEARD PhD graduate appointed as Visiting Scientist at Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health

Dr Bereket Yakob Yota, a recent graduate of HEARD’s PhD Programme at UKZN has been appointed as a visiting scientist at the prestigious Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health. Dr Yota who graduated with a PhD at the University of KwaZulu Natal in 2016, has been selected to contribute to the Department of Population and Global Health with focus on Health Systems at the elite Harvard T.H Chan School of Public health. Born in Ethiopia in 1980, Dr Yota has dedicated a significant part of his life to the field of public health. His studies began with Bachelor of S...

HEARD hosts high-level retreat for Universal Health Coverage

HEARD recently hosted the second in a series of high-level retreats around domestic financing and prioritisation of health under the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, better known as SDGs. The meeting took place at the Thanda Private Game Reserve in Hluhluwe, South Africa between 28 June - 1 July 2017. A core group of former and current Ministers of Health from the Eastern and Southern region of Africa (ESA), academics, representatives of regional and sub-regional intergovernmental organisations, as well as high-level representatives of multilateral or...

How do we conduct SGBV research in conflict and post-conflict settings?

HEARD in partnership with the University of Birmingham will conduct a methodological workshop to structured around a series of presentations and discussions aiming to address these questions and to result in the development of new methodological tools for research on SGBV which is both locally sensitive and inclusive.  Context Sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) remains a massive problem worldwide and the widespread international attention to it has sparked a range of high profile policy responses. The impact of these policy responses, however, has been li...

Public talk: Intimate partner violence among pregnant women in low-income countries – A case study of Rwanda

Intimate partner violence during pregnancy is associated with maternal mortality, adverse pregnancy outcomes and childhood growth impairment. Its effects may be exacerbated in resource-limited settings. Nevertheless, it has not been thoroughly investigated. In this talk, Dr Akashi Andrew Rurangirwa, a medical doctor and a PhD candidate at the University of Gothenburg, aims to discuss in all forms of IPV and associated risk factors among pregnant women in low-income countries with Rwanda as a case study. Powered by Eventbrite About Dr Akashi Andrew Rurangirwa...

World AIDS Day: Getting key populations on the Fast-Track

December 1 marked World AIDS Day. A brief moment reflection our recent achievements in the fight against HIV and AIDS point to some significant victories. Globally, we have more scientific knowledge on how the virus is transmitted with prevention and treatment options being tailored to suit particular population profiles. The strategic response to the epidemic in Africa (UNAIDS Fast Track, 90-90-90 ALL –IN ) has kept pace with recent scientific discoveries. There are however challenges ahead and we cannot slow down efforts in the fights to reduce new infections....

Linking policy to programming: A research project on young key populations in SADC countries

HEARD embarks on an extensive research project on young key populations in SADC countries, in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme and African Men for Sexual Health and Rights.  We've successfully obtained a large research grant to conduct operational research on young key populations in Angola, Madagascar, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The research is embedded in a larger project that aims to strengthen the legal and policy environment for these groups in order to reduce stigma and discrimination of young key populations and improve ...

UN: HIV rate in young African women disturbingly high

ARV treatment on the rise, but UN urges urgent action as thousands of young women continue to be infected with HIV. The number of HIV-infected people taking anti-retroviral (ARV) medicine has doubled in just five years, the United Nations said while highlighting high infection rates among young African women. A new report released by UNAIDS, a UN programme, on Monday said thousands of young women and girls across the world are being infected with the HIV virus every week and preventing new infections is still proving difficult. The report added that while UNAIDS...

2017 PhD Scholarships – Developing African Academics

HEARD’s Scholarship Programme aims to emphasise the mastery of quantitative and qualitative methods for understanding policy problems and for devising, evaluating and/or implementing policy solutions. The aim of providing PhD scholarships is to produce expertly qualified graduates to advise or to be part of influential policy making organisations in Africa. Under the supervision of Professor Nana Poku and with the generous support of Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, HEARD is offering up to five PhD Research Scholarships (full time) in any o...

Flagship UNDP, HEARD & AMSher project aims to secure sexual wellbeing for key populations in SADC countries

Press Release | 25 November 2016 Durban, South Africa - The Health Economics and HIV and AIDS Research Division (HEARD) has been tasked with the duty of linking policy and programming through research for at risk populations in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region. Key populations include members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people (LGBTI) community and other at risk youth. Young key populations in Southern Africa face significant barriers to accessing HIV and sexual health rights (SRH) services. Many of these ba...

Frank Tanser shares results from a population-based cohort in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa on the application of geospatial analyses to reveal targets for intervention

Frank Tanser an infectious disease epidemiologist with specialist expertise in geographical information systems technology, shares results from a population-based cohort in rural KZN, on the application of geospatial analyses to reveal targets for intervention. About the speaker: Frank Tanser an infectious disease epidemiologist with specialist expertise in geographical information systems (GIS) technology.  He is Professor of Epidemiology in the College of Health Sciences at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and is an Honorary Professor of University College Lon...