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HEARD students graduate with their PhDs

The month of May was a time of celebration at HEARD with the graduation of Dr Monica Ansu-Mensah and Dr Kwabena Asare who have both been supported in their studies through the HEARD PhD Scholarship Programme. Dr Ansu-Mensah’s thesis evaluated the accessibility, barriers and potential solutions to implementation/sustainability of point-of-care diagnostic testing services at the primary healthcare level in the Bono Region in Ghana. The study revealed poor availability and moderate geographical accessibility to the WHO-recommended diagnostic tests in the region....

Webinar on 22nd of April: Proposing and Applying the Observational-Implementation Hybrid Approach

We are pleased to invite you to HEARD’s second webinar in April 2024 which will be presented by Dr Justin Knox, from Columbia University in the United States. His webinar title is 'Proposing And Applying the Observational-implementation Hybrid Approach' ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Dr Justin Knox is an Assistant Professor of Clinical implementation Science and Intervention (in Psychiatry and Sociomedical Sciences) at Columbia University. His research programme is focused on HIV, substance use, social network analysis and mixed methods research, primarily among vu...

HEARD presents findings of their research on young key populations in Mozambique

The University of Eduardo Mondlane (UEM) and HEARD presented and discussed the findings of their joint longitudinal research on young key populations in Mozambique. During two Round Table meetings, the team engaged with key population led organisations, representatives from key Ministries (Health, Justice, Home Affairs, Cabinet office), human rights institutes, international organisations working with key populations, and academia with a view to validate the research findings and to co-develop recommendations for policy, programming and future research. The recomm...

Upcoming Webinar: Aid and Child Health: A Disaggregated Analysis of the Effects of Aid on Impaired Growth

We are pleased to invite you to HEARD’s April 2024 webinar which will be presented by our longstanding colleague, Professor Dick Durevall, from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. His webinar title is 'Aid and Child Health: A Disaggregated Analysis of the Effects of Aid on Impaired Growth'. ABOUT THE SPEAKER Dick Durevall is a Professor in Development Economics at the University of Gothenburg. His research interests include HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa, intimate partner violence, food markets, development macroeconomics, and international ec...

Bridging the Gap – Men and Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights

There has been increased attention to the role of men and boys as partners, fathers, and change agents in advancing SRHR for women and children in East and Southern Africa, and addressing their specific needs through targeted information and services. HEARD conducted an analysis of country laws, policies and guidelines from four countries in the region with a view to assess the extent to which male specific needs were included in such national guidance documents. The report shows that men and boys’ SRH needs are currently subsumed under ...

Advancing women’s access to safe abortion through coalition building and strengthening strategic advocacy in sub-Saharan Africa

Jane Freedman (third from left) and Tamaryn Crankshaw (fourth from left) at the project inception meeting. In November 2023, HEARD launched a new collaborative project with the Paris Centre for Sociological and Political Research (CRESPPA) on access to safe abortion in Sub-Saharan Africa. The project aims to foster normative change by building linkages and capacities and creating real coalitions involving researchers, civil society, decision-makers and journalists to advocate strategically on Termination of Pregnancy law reform, development of comprehensive abort...

Webinar: From Health to Well-Being: Extending the Scope of Economic Evaluation

  ABOUT THE SPEAKER   Jason Madan is a Professor of Health Economics at Warwick Medical School, UK. His career has involved applied and methodological research in the economic evaluation of healthcare. He has conducted and led health economic research across the world, with particular experience in infectious diseases, mental health, screening and diagnosis, rehabilitation, and health system strengthening.   ABOUT THE WEBINAR   There is growing interest in well-being as a policy goal. Public investment in interventions to i...

College Research Day 2023 – Presenter Prize

Emma won a presenter prize at College Research Day for best research paper. College Research Day was held on 12 October 2023 in Durban (Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa). Her presentation focused on examining vaccine uptakes rates amongst HCWs in South Africa in relation to socio-demographic factors, attitudes and perceptions of COVID-19 and the available vaccines, and against context-specific factors.

College Research Day 2023

Phiwe and Emma presented at UKZN College Research Day on 12 October 2023. Phiwe’s presentation focused on determining vaccine uptake among Healthcare Workers (HCW) in South Africa whilst identifying what drives vaccine hesitancy among HCWs. Emma’s presentation focused on examining vaccine uptakes rates amongst HCWs in South Africa in relation to socio-demographic and context-specific factors as well as perceptions of COVID-19 and vaccination.