Introducing our research
Established in 1998, HEARD – the Health Economics and HIV and AIDS Research Division – has a global reputation as a leading applied research centre that brings together interdisciplinary teams to solve complex health problems on the African continent. Innovation is driven by an epistemology that uses public health, policy analysis and health economics methods to tackle these complex issues. Our vision is to achieve health equity across the continent by meeting Africa’s current and future health challenges.
HEARD is a self-funded organisation based at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) that conducts multi-level research and analysis on the social and structural determinants of health and health inequalities in Africa, especially the African HIV and AIDS pandemic. We seek to sustain a dynamic research agenda that reflects the changing African burden of disease and catalyses interdisciplinary and innovative work among key researchers across the continent and our international partners. Our agenda is creative and resourceful, focusing on the intersections of diverse investigator expertise and methods.
We have an Africa-wide mandate with research applicable across the region that impacts on regional policies and programmes. We collaborate with a range of partners, both locally and internationally, through established research and policy networks. Our research reflects a dedicated and dynamic engagement with Africa’s health challenges, as well as driving an agenda for emerging opportunities in the field of global health, both in Africa and globally.
Featured research projects
HIV Incidence Provincial Surveillance System (HIPSS): A longitudinal study to monitor HIV incidence trends in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Overview To establish population-level HIV incidence Provincial Surveillance System (HIPSS) platform in a household-based representative sample of men and women. Objectives The primary objective of the study is ...>>
A randomised controlled trial to evaluate adding self-administered oral HIV testing as a choice in clinic and non-clinic settings to increase HIV testing uptake among truck drivers in Kenya
Overview: A pilot programme to introduce self-administered oral HIV testing to truck driver clients of two North Start Alliance clinics in Kenya in two settings — in the clinic and the clients’ home. ...>>
Human Rights Project: Developing a Policy Review Framework for National Strategic Plans and Legal Obligations in the Context of HIV in Africa 2009-2010
Overview: This project aims to examine legal and human rights dimensions of HIV and disability in Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) through analysing the National Strategic Plans (NSP), HIV and policies in ...>>
Closing the Gap: Training of Health Care Workers and People with Disabilities on the Interrelationship between Disability and HIV
Overview: Disability and HIV are interrelated in southern Africa. People with disabilities are at an increased risk of exposure to HIV. In recent years, antiretroviral therapy (ART) has become widely ...>>
Depression and HIV: A Group-Based Counselling Intervention for Depression Co-morbid with HIV using a Task Shifting Approach, 2011-2012
Overview: In South Africa, the rising co-morbidity of mental disorders with other non-communicable and communicable diseases, particularly in people living with HIV and AIDS (PLWHA), has helped raise the public ...>>