The aim of this online knowledge sharing platform is to facilitate more effective, evidence-based policy and programming on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in East and Southern Africa by providing a knowledge brokering infrastructure. The platform primarily seeks to support researchers, policy makers, practitioners, civil society organisations, and funders in two ways.
A dedicated and live knowledge gateway brings credible research and resources on sexual and reproductive health and rights in East and Southern Africa to the fingertips of busy policy makers and civil society organisations alike. Employing expertise from the HEARD research institute, resources uploaded to the knowledge gateway are filtered for significance and policy-relevancy. In this way, the knowledge gateway pulls together dispersed research to reduce barriers to engage with the most reliable and recent evidence available.
Secondly, the country profiles provide an overview situation analysis of key issues and country-level trends in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights. Country profiles contain pertinent political, economic and demographic data and description.
The vision for this platform is to develop in functionality and increasingly foster a unique and sustained convergence of researchers, policy makers, practitioners, civil society organisations, and funders through focused engagement with and collaboration on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in East and Southern Africa.
This platform is an initiative of the HEARD research institute, based at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa. HEARD is a regional and global leader for applied research and policy development on critical health and development challenges for the African continent. HEARD’s mission is to influence and support evidence-based policy and good practice to more effectively address Africa’s health and development challenges and to contribute to achieving health and sustainable development across the continent.
For the past 20 years we have examined the economic case for some of Africa’s most enduring health conditions including HIV and AIDS, gender vulnerabilities, adolescent health and intimate partner violence, health disabilities, particularly those related to medication for chronic diseases. We have studied the effectiveness of public health campaigns targeting HIV prevention and adolescent sexual health issues, examined health systems and ways of strengthening them.