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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.

International Conference of Annual Africa Research Group 2023: The proposed maternal and newborn health care program implementation and integration strategy for Rwandan health care system

  One of HEARD’s PhD graduates, Dr Clemence Nishimwe, co-authored a paper for the 7th international Conference of Annual Africa Research Group which took place from 27 to 30 August 2023. The paper was declared ‘Best Social Impact Paper’ of the entire gathering—quite an accolade for a newly-established scholar.   It is a delight for everyone at HEARD to see Clemence establishing herself as an intellectual innovator and practical leader and we’re certain to hear more of her accomplishments in the near future.   Our congratulat...

Public Health Association of South Africa (PHASA) conference 2023: Examining Healthcare Workers’ Willingness to Promote COVID-19 Vaccines in South Africa

Dr Phiwe Nota presented at the PHASA 2023 conference in Gebeqa (Port Elizabeth, South Africa), which was held from 10 to 13 September 2023. Her presentation focused on examining Healthcare Workers' Willingness to Promote COVID-19 Vaccines in South Africa. The study investigated the readiness of healthcare workers to endorse COVID-19 vaccines, analysing how this willingness correlated with their vaccination behaviour, attitudes, perceived knowledge, and communication skills.

Webinar: Research methods for working with marginalised populations considered ‘hard-to-reach’ or ‘hidden’ to researchers

  ABOUT THE SPEAKER   Dr Liz Fearon is an infectious disease epidemiologist and lecturer at the Institute for Global Health at University College London. She has experience conducting research among minoritized and marginalised populations including sex workers and gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (GBMSM) in East and Southern Africa and in the UK, groups who are heavily affected by HIV. Her experience includes conducting HIV prevention needs assessments, designing and analysing epidemiological surveys, intervention evaluations, ...