HIV/AIDS, STIs and TB
HSRC staff members in Port Elizabeth took time to participate in the NGO Nal’ibali’s #WRADChallenge2019 by reading aloud the set story “Where are you?” to children in three official languages on World Read Aloud Day (WRAD), 1 February 2019. Nal’ibali aimed at reaching 1.5 million children on the day given that reading aloud builds a strong language foundation, introduces vocabulary and can develop empathy, curiosity and critical thinking. The ultimate aim of Nal’ibali is to contribute to a South Africa where children read for enjoyment, meaning and understanding. Here are Nomfanelo Plaatjie (isiXhosa), Adlai Davids (Afrikaans) and Razia Gaida (English) with their young WRAD audiences at the EP Children’s Home and Chani’s Aftercare, respectively.
The first South African integrated biological and behavioral survey on HIV in transgender women will be supported by various South African and international academic and civil society partners and will commence in January 2018.
With only two months into South Africa’s National HIV & Behaviour Survey, teams of field workers collecting behavioural survey data and blood samples across the country have reported “an encouraging response rate from the public,” according to Professor Leickness Simbayi, Deputy CEO for Research at the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and overall Principal Investigator of the study.
The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) fieldworkers are currently out on the road across the country to visit 60 000 South Africans to request their participation in the country’s fifth HIV and Health study. Professor Leickness Simbayi, Deputy CEO for Research at the HSRC and overall Principal Investigator of the study, says field workers will be visiting selected households across South Africa.
Congratulations to Dr Olanrewaju Oladimeji and his Global Burden of Disease (GBD) team for getting published in The Lancet. The Lancet has an Impact Factor of 45.217 and is currently ranked second among 150 journals in the General & Internal Medicine subject category (2013 Journal Citation Reports®, Thomson Reuters, 2014).
Oladimeji, O. & GBD 2015, Risk Factors Collaborators (2016) Global, regional, and national comparative risk assessment of 79 behavioural, environmental and occupational, and metabolic risks or clusters of risks, 1990-2015: a systemic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2015. The Lancet. 388:1659-1724.
''Are you going to die, Mom? Research shows that talking to your young children about your HIV status helps them cope better
New scientific research from South Africa strengthens international evidence that children whose parents have a life-threatening disease such as HIV can benefit from their parents communicating with them about their illness and possible death.
South African National HIV, Behaviour and Health Survey 2016 ‘Measuring Impact and Progress’ kicks off in August 2016. The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) will be conducting its fifth South African National HIV Prevalence, Incidence and Behaviour Survey 2016 in partnership with the National Department of Health, the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC), the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC), the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), University of Cape Town (UCT), National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), Global Clinical & Viral Laboratory, the Foundation for Professional Development and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).