Health Systems Strengthening
This research area aims to tackle the seminal question of how to deliver optimal health services to the greatest number of people within a particular fiscal space. Our work in this vital area is driven by five key research objectives.
We aim to:
- Establish the effects that HIV policies and programmes are having, and have had, on the broader health systems development in heavily burdened Southern African countries.
- Identify and assess functional bottlenecks, from individual to national level, for effective implementation of health systems development and HIV services.
- Determine how existing HIV, TB and health financial contributions contribute to the strengthening of health systems and scaling up to universal access.
- Establish how synergistic approaches between HIV and health systems development may contribute to better health and HIV outcomes, including key populations.
- Evaluate how the adoption of innovations such as new technologies, management techniques and organisational procedures could positively impact health systems.
Research area outputs
TB/HIV-Related Training, Knowledge and Attitudes of Community Health Workers in the Free State Province, South Africa
With its emphasis on task shifting and multi-trained and skilled outreach teams the primary healthcare (PHC) re-engineering strategy in South Africa depends on the training, knowledge and attitudes of community ...>>
Infection Control in Home-Based Care for People Living With HIV/AIDS/TB: An Exploratory Study
The majority of HIV and AIDS patients in sub-Saharan African countries receive health care services at home. Yet research on infection control in home-based care settings is virtually non-existent. This study ...>>
HEARD PhD graduate appointed as Visiting Scientist at Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health
Dr Bereket Yakob Yota, a recent graduate of HEARD’s PhD Programme at UKZN has been appointed as a visiting scientist at the prestigious Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health. Dr Yota who graduated with a PhD ...>>