The first EHPSA regional symposium was held in Durban on June 8-9, 2015.
Full report on the first EHPSA Regional Symposium. READ...
The symposium was attended by research institutions who have been awarded research contracts under the EHPSA RRIF and related policy making communities.
Larry Gelmon (University of Manitoba) introduced the four research projects within the adolescent portfolio, all of which are operational research that look at combination prevention among adolescents. Projects have at least one site in South Africa, with other sites in Zambia, Tanzania, and Malawi.
Lead researchers, or their representatives, made brief presentations on the four research projects. READ...
Josee Koch (Mott MacDonald technical lead on EHPSA Output 4) introduced the EHPSA Prisoners research which focusses on treatment as prevention.
Anthony Kinghorn (Mott MacDonald, EHPSA technical adviser) introduced the four projects within the EHPSA LGBTI portfolio. Projects focus on improving access to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services, design of HIV prevention interventions / HIV prevention needs, and the burden of sexually transmitted infections (STI) for men who have sex with men.
Lead researchers, or their representatives made brief presentations on the four research projects. READ...
Rosalia Rodriguez-Garcia (World Bank, Washington) and Nicole Fraser-Hurt (World Bank London) presented on the HIV evaluations which are currently underway and are co-financed and implemented by the World Bank. These include demand creation for VMMC in Malawi; strategies to enhance adherence in South Africa; demand-side incentives to enhance HIV prevention among girls and young women in Swaziland; and technical support to strengthen national HIV programme implementation in Swaziland.
Panel discussions followed the presentation of each portfolio. Key issues discussed included:
• The importance of collaboration between researchers and policymakers
• Ownership and sharing of data
• Policymakers’ analysis of the gap between research and practice
• Difficulty of implementing policy on sensitive issues, such as adolescent sexuality and homosexuality – legal and other obstacles
The discussion on the adolescent portfolio raised several burning issues relating to how policy makers and researchers can work together.
Participants also identified key factors that enabled or inhibited the uptake of research into policy and practice.