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HIV has a woman’s face, and AIDS looks like a dying man

Without looking at improving a whole range of sexual and reproductive health services, and without massively scaling up public health system’s ability to help women to prevent HIV the resources currently spent on women, services cannot be said to have much of a long-term impact on gender relations. Last year, the Journal of AIDS published an original research led by Katherine Dovel in which the research group made the following assertion; “AIDS prevalence may have the face of a woman but AIDS mortality has the face of a man.” The research group go on to sugg...

WORLD AIDS DAY 2015: Without ‘Fast Track’ an AIDS ‘perfect storm’ is still possible

Prof Nana Poku | HEARD's Executive Director The UNAIDS Fast-Tracking to Zero Strategy is on its own a large and rightly ambitious undertaking, building on the success of the fifteen-year span of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG). MDG 6 was closely related to, and broadly consonant with the other MDGs, especially with respect to the health and well-being of women and girls. It is important that the headline statistics from the conclusion of MDG6 receive the widest possible circulation; and expressions of satisfaction and gratitude not only have their place bu...

Introducing a new HEARD

With the demand to remain relevant in a changing global health development environment, HEARD has undergone some essential organisational changes. We have a new mission – to be the leading institution in interdisciplinary health research and education in Africa, in order to influence policy and practice to more effectively address Africa’s health challenges. In order to achieve this goal, we’ve expanded and refined our research agenda, focus areas, policy engagements as an applied research centre. Our dynamic research agenda and change in focus are outlined...

Seminar series: understanding the demand for healthcare

This week, health economics researcher Mike Strauss, discusses the importance of understanding and creating demand for healthcare services, especially in the context of scaling up HIV prevention and treatment interventions in South Africa. The talk will draw on evidence from a discrete choice experiment to determine preferences regarding HIV counselling and testing, and medical male circumcision among adolescents in high schools in rural KwaZulu-Natal.  Click here for more information. About the series: Each week a public talk will be delivered by influential...

Early resumption of sexual intercourse during the MMC healing period

29% of adolescents who were previously sexually active resumed sexual activity during the healing period, had on average two partners and during the healing period used condoms inconsistently Voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) is an integral part of the South African government’s response to the HIV and AIDS epidemic. Following circumcision, it is recommended that patients abstain from sexual activity for six weeks, as sex may increase the risk of female-to-male HIV transmission and prolong the healing period. From 2011-2013, HEARD undertook a study, ...

Treatment adherence: The fly in the ointment in HIV prevention

We have recently seen a spurt of advances in biomedical HIV prevention research. These interventions include circumcision, vaccines, microbicides, pre-exposure prophylaxis and suppressive therapy for herpes simplex virus-2 (HSV-2) to reduce risks of HIV transmission through sexual intercourse. While these new technologies provide a variety of prevention options, the clinical trial data has been less than promising (with the exception of medical male circumcision - as demonstrated in the three African randomised controlled trials.) This pattern of flat trials was p...

Study: Can a Broad Economic Empowerment and Gender Transformative Intervention Reduce Gender­based Violence and HIV­Risk?

In sub­Saharan Africa urban informal settlements are growing rapidly with an estimated 70% of residents in cities living in these spaces. Residents of informal settlements are very vulnerable to poor health, with studies showing high HIV­incidence and gender­based violence. Interventions to prevent HIV and gender­based violence in informal settlements are needed, but only a limited number have been designed for this particular environment. HEARD researchers investigated whether combining a broad economic empowerment intervention Creating Futures, togethe...

Innovations in HIV Prevention in Africa: Call for Papers for Publication

Ahead of the 21st International AIDS Conference (IAC) to be held in Durban, South Africa, in July 2016, HEARD, in partnership with UNAIDS, UNDP, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, the World Bank and the Southern African AIDS Trust, is seeking innovative contributions to a book project on ‘Prevention’. Click here for more information.

Call for Submissions: Health Systems Trust 2015 Emerging Public Health Practitioner Award

Are you a public health practitioner, or a student/researcher in the field of health science, medicine or public health? Call for submissions for the Health Systems Trust 2015 Emerging Public Health Practitioner Award are now open to those looking to publish a paper dealing with public health or policy in a respected and widely read South African peer­reviewed journal. The successful candidate will have their paper published in the 2015 edition of the South African Health Review (SAHR). Additionally, the winner will receive a cash prize and an opportunity to...

HEARD welcomes research experts

With the aim of advancing health research capabilities in the region, HEARD is pleased to welcome three leading experts – Dr Jim Whitman, Sisonke Msimang and Dr Antonieta Lara-Medina - to senior positions in the organisation. Prof Jim Whitman a former Professor of Global Governance in the Department of Peace Studies at the University of Bradford, UK, joins HEARD to serve as Visiting Professor for the next two years. He will be assisting with the establishment of the HEARD PhD Scholarship Programme and teaching, with a view to helping students refine their res...