Introducing HEARD’s policy engagement
Our mission is to influence and support evidence-based policy and good practice to more effectively address Africa’s health challenges and contribute to achieving health equity on the continent. Our applied research and our connectivities within civil society and affected communities enable us to bring valuable evidence and insight to health debates, policies and practices, while our technical expertise in, for example, situational analysis, strategy and programme development, health economics and financing, monitoring and evaluation, and capacity development, serve to strengthen particular health sector processes, outputs and outcomes.
We primarily seek to increase the impact of our research and expertise through:
- high level technical assistance to governments, international agencies and other health sector partners, including short-term consultancies for discrete assignments as well as longer term contractual agreements to provide broad-based support to institutions,
- effective communication of research findings, including policy-friendly publications, social media and an accessible and information-rich website,
- leadership or membership of influential groups and events, including think tanks, networks, panels, working groups, discussions, conferences, and more.
Informing and facilitating the development of the strategy for the new African Think-Tank on HIV, Health and Social Justice
In March 2015, a regional group of activists and thought leaders on HIV, human rights and social justice convened in Johannesburg to form the African Think-Tank on HIV, Health and Social Justice. The purpose of ...>>
Writing the principal background document to the 37th UNAIDS programme coordination board meeting in Geneva
With the expiration of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) at end-2015, there is intense analysis of what has and has worked, and what has not, since 2000. At the same time, the new Sustainable Development ...>>
Supporting Malawi’s Ministry of Health to develop its position on Malawi’s abortion laws and respond to un CEDAW’s call for abortion law liberalization
Debates on abortions have been highly charged in Africa. HEARD’s work has been discreet, high-level, strategic and promises to be highly effective. In 2015 the government of Malawi was implored by the United ...>>
Technical Assistance to Collect Data on Domestic Resource Flows for Population Activities in South Africa
Overview: The aim is to provide technical assistance to UNFPA for data collection of domestic resource flows for population activities in South Africa. The purpose is to strengthen the monitoring of domestic ...>>