HIV/AIDS, STIs and TB
The HSRC-led consortium of research organisations will present five papers at the AIDS 2014 Confrence, emanating from the 2012 South African National HIV, Behaviour and Health Survey (SABSSM-4) which was released in April this year.
HSRC CEO Professor Olive Shisana will speak at the plenary session of AIDS 2014, in Melbourne Australia, on 22 July 2014. The International AIDS Conference taking place from 20 to 25 July 2014 is the premier gathering for those working in the field of HIV, as well as policy makers, persons living with HIV and other individuals committed to ending the pandemic.
Professor Linda Richter, a Distinguished Research Fellow in the HIV, STIs and TB programme at the HSRC, has been appointed the first director of the Centre of Excellence (CoE) for Human Development. The announcement was made at a function on 22 April 2014 at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), from where the centre will be administered and managed.
An estimated 6.4 million people were living with HIV/AIDS in 2012. This is one of the main findings of The South African National HIV Prevalence, Incidence and Behaviour Survey 2012, officially launched today by Minister of Science and Technology, Derek Hanekom, and the Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, at the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) offices in Pretoria, and by video conference in the Durban and Cape Town HSRC offices. The launch of the survey was chaired by Nelson Mandela Foundation Chief Executive, Sello Hatang.
Members of the media are invited to the launch of the HSRC’s latest HIV National Household Survey, followed by a media briefing. This is the most comprehensive and recent report on the status of the HIV epidemic in South Africa. The report provides the latest detailed information on HIV prevalence, incidence, antiretroviral treatment exposure as well as behavioural and social determinants of HIV.
After decades of uncertainty, with millions infected and millions more dead, a Canadian team of researchers may be the world’s ultimate defence in the battle against HIV/Aids.
UITENHAGE-born R&B star Loyiso Bala has been appointed the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/Aids (UNAids) national goodwill ambassador in South Africa. He will use his public platform to speak out about issues related to the reduction of stigma and discrimination towards people living with HIV and gender inequality, including gender-based violence.
The Human Sciences Research Council is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Dimitri Tassiopoulos as a member of the Ministry of Tourism research policy expert forum. The forum serves as peer review platform which regulates the departments’ research, knowledge management, monitoring and evaluation and overall policy development projects.
Project SIZE has assessed the cognitive functions of an estimated 1 524 children, aged 7-10 years, from the Msunduzi municipality in KwaZulu-Natal in the baseline phase of the study using a series of tests of executive function. Follow-up assessments are still underway.
A new set of guidelines and training tools dealing with the legal, ethical and counselling issues related to HIV testing of children is now available for HIV/AIDS practitioners working with children.