Working to Advance
Health Equity in Africa

Research

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.

Complete research projects

Unsafe abortion in East and Southern Africa

Aims and objectives: This was a multi-country scoping study of unsafe abortion and post abortion care in the East and Southern Africa region. The aim was to study perceptions by key stakeholders of the scale of unsafe abortio...

Whole systems assessment and response

Overview: HEARD, in collaboration with researchers from the University of East London (UK), have undertaken a study that assesses how the scale-up of antiretroviral treatment programmes affect health workers from the perspectiv...

Caregiver-child wellbeing project: KZN uKunankekela study

Overview: The caregiver-child wellbeing project is part of the broader Young Carers South Africa study. This research is the world’s first large-scale quantitative study of the impacts of familial HIV and AIDS on children an...

Systematic Review Series

Overview: This series of reviews focuses on empirical work on the intersection of disability and HIV in Africa. It includes systematic reviews of papers up until 2009. Firstly, the reviews suggest that people with disabilities ...

Mobility of health professionals

Overview: The EU is increasingly affected by the migration and mobility of health professionals (HPs), thus the development of policies to adequately address these issues is urgently needed. However, the existence of reliable a...

The workplace VCT and ART uptake project (WVUP)

Overview: A previous HEARD study showed that companies in Southern Africa that had made considerable investment in setting up workplace HIV and AIDS ‘health management’ programmes - including provision of ART - had yet to s...

Impact of HIV and AIDS on health systems

Overview: A pilot study, conducted during 2005, provided some initial insights through co-ordinated research in South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia. Its focus was on the system of management and administration of public health se...