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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...

Expert says HIV is a very cunning, adaptable and formidable foe

HIV is a cunning, adaptable and formidable foe that requires highly innovative counterattacks in an era characterized by drying up wells of donor financial support, an expert has said. Prof Nana Poku, the Executive Director for Health, Economics and Research Division (HEARD) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal who is also the newly-appointed Acting Vice Chancellor of that university, made this observation during a dialogue with Champions of an HIV Free Generation and other stakeholders. The dialogue, which also brought together Cabinet Ministers, Members of P...

Partnering to empower young researchers

An international partnership between a Swedish university and the Health Economic and HIV and AIDS Research Division (HEARD) based at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, has enabled the capacitation of early-career scientists on qualitative research methodologies. About 40 students and researchers had the opportunity to participate in a week-long workshop co-hosted by HEARD and UKZN’s Graduate School of Business. HEARD’s Research Director Dr Kay Govender, said the partnership between HEARD and the University of Gothenburg’s medical school Sahlgrenska Academ...

HEARD hosts research workshop for regional partners

HEARD recently hosted a regional research workshop in Durban, bringing together their research partners from four African countries; Madagascar, Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Mozambique. They had the opportunity to share their baseline findings for research being carried out as part of the Linking Policy to Programming project – a joint 4-year project 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 workshop provi...

Congratulations to two of our PhD graduates

Congratulations to two of HEARD's most recent PhD graduates - Vimbai Chibango and Kudakwashe Dube. Dr Chibango graduated with a PhD in Development Studies. Her dissertation research focused on understanding male and female perspectives regarding male involvement in the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV programmes in Zimbabwe. Dr Dube graduated with a PhD in Public Policy. His dissertation research looked at the challenges and opportunities of translating international adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights guidelines into policy and a...

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...