Evidence for Impact in Health and HIVHealth Economics andHIV and AIDS Research Division
Evidence for Impact in Health and HIVInfluencing global thinking General Objectives General Principlesand action on health and To improve private and public sector Effective interventions through understanding of the socio-economic sound socio-economic, socialdevelopment. impacts of HIV and AIDS through an and behavioural analysis and applied research focus interdisciplinary researchHEARD conducts applied research to support To promote multi-sectoral responses to The transfer of skillsdevelopment interventions aimed at mobilising evidence the impact of HIV and AIDSfor impact in health and HIV in the SADC and east Africa The sharing of knowledgeregion. HEARD has been situated since 1998, at the To develop the practice of healthUniversity of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa and economics and social/behavioural Capacity buildingcollaborates with a range of institutional and individual sciencepartners spanning the globe. Research utilisation To train business and communityHEARD supports UNAIDS, the SADC Secretariat and leaders, professionals and governmentParliamentary Forum and South African and African officials in the strategic planning forleadership in responding to issues of health, development the management of HIV and AIDS andand HIV. other health issues HEARD is a UNAIDS Collaborating Centre
Contributing to the production and utilisationof knowledge and evidence which supportintegrating health, HIV and human developmentresponses in eastern and southern Africa.
Knowledge and Evidence for Impact HEARD currently focuses its research in three strategic areas1. Prevention and Social Mobilisation2. Health Systems and Health and Care Access3. Health and HIV in an Urban Context In a context of multiple stressors and rapid environmental and social change, HEARD conducts research that contributes to an understanding of:1. Key driving forces behind the many epidemics that constitute HIV in Africa and its impact on health2. Effective and sustainable responses to health and HIV challenges3. Sustainable interventions aimed at wellness and vulnerability KNOWLEDGE AND EVIDENCE FOR IMPACT
Promoting the utilisation of knowledge andevidence in policy and programming.
Research for Policy and PracticeEnsuring the uptake of research that will leverage evidence-based action through:The design and management of research projects that are utilisation-drivenCollaboration with scholars and stakeholders to ensure research meets the needs of decision makersBuilding the capacity of researchers on ways of getting research into policy and practice RESEARCH FOR POLICY AND PRACTICE
Enhancing the capacity of young researchersin the region to conduct HIV andhealth-related research.
In Africa with AfricaHEARD creates opportunities and provides support through:An Internship Programme for young Masters graduatesPhD support to increase the number of PhD qualified researchers in the regionBuilding internal research staff capacity IN AFRICA WITH AFRICA
Enabling African leadership to strengthenpolicies and interventions that tackle genderinequalities as a route to achieving HIVprevention in southern and eastern Africa.
Creating and Supporting ChangeThe Programme combines research with policy and programmatic interventions to advance gender equality androllback HIV, with a particular focus on three areas; research, policy and programmes and capacity building. ResearchGenerating knowledge on interventions that support gender equality and HIV prevention with a focus on structuraland community level interventions, in order to support knowledge about ‘what works’. Policy and ProgrammesStrengthening HIV programmes and policies in southern and eastern Africa to create an enabling environment forgender equality. Capacity BuildingBuilding a body of researchers in southern and eastern Africa with the capacity to undertake work on genderinequality and HIV prevention. CREATING AND SUPPORTING CHANGE
Mobilising knowledge and providingcapacity-building support for regionalleadership to strengthen evidence-basedresponses.
Evidence and Capacity for LeadershipHEARD works closely with leadership in the region to:Support the development of responses and programming based on research evidenceCo-develop learning and sharing opportunities with key producers and users of knowledgeProvide targeted training for leaders that will enhance skills and knowledge EVIDENCE AND CAPACITY FOR LEADERSHIP
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