Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS Research Alliance (SAHARA)

What we do

The Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS Research Alliance (SAHARA) is a unit within the HIV/AIDS, STIs and TB (HAST) research programme. SAHARA is an alliance of partners established to conduct, support and use social sciences research to prevent further spread of HIV and mitigate the impact of its devastation on South Africa, the SADC region and sub-Saharan Africa.

SAHARA is a vehicle for facilitating the sharing of research expertise and knowledge, and for conducting multi-site, multi-country research projects that are exploratory, cross-sectional, comparative or intervention-based. It has as its explicit aim the generation of new social science evidence for the prevention, care and mitigation of the impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic on individuals, families and communities.

Read more on the dedicated SAHARA Network website. You can browse the Journal of Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS.


Scope of work

SAHARA aims to:

  • contribute to the reduction of the number of new HIV infections
  • promote and facilitate collaborative research to reduce unnecessary duplication of research
  • provide evidence to improve access to care
  • enhance rigour in research methodology
  • improve the quality of data used for planning and implementing interventions, and
  • provide a platform for exchange of ideas through conferences and publications including a journal and books

A UNAIDS Collaborating Centre on HIV Prevention Research and Policy