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|Health Economics and HIV/AIDS Research Division (HEARD)|
HEARD conducts research on the socio-economic aspects of public health, especially the HIV/AIDS pandemic. It is based in South Africa at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, but its operations are international in scope. The intent is to inspire health and development strategies that improve the welfare of people in and beyond Africa.
HEARD conducts inter-disciplinary research to produce scientific knowledge and effective interventions. Our ethos is to share knowledge and transfer skills. This agenda is based on having a dedicated team of multi-skilled staff and a commitment to training African researchers. In sum, we aim to influence global thinking and action on health and development.
HEARD is currently conducting a Workplace VCT Uptake Study with two primary objectives:
The three-year project will pose the following three key questions:
Stage One of the project will involve an empirical study and modification of an existing workplace programme. An economic cost-benefit study will be done to measure the value of the VCT/ART services. An ethnographic study based on psychological assessments to understand the individual and contextual risk influences associated with workers' use of existing workplace VCT/ART services will also be conducted.
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Another of HEARD's projects, entitled Operationalising HIV/AIDS Issues for Development, examined the form and content of ART programmes amongst a sample of Southern African companies. Specifically, the study examined the nature of partnerships between pharmaceutical suppliers and recipient companies, the cost of ART programmes and the experiences of supplier and recipient companies. The results of the study will be used to write a guideline manual for companies on appropriate strategies and plans for instituting ART programmes in the workplace.