Social Protection

Health Economics and HIV and AIDS Research Division (HEARD), University of KwaZulu Natal

HEARD conducts applied research to support development interventions aimed at mobilising evidence for impact in health and HIV in the SADC and east Africa region. HEARD is based at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa and collaborates with a range of institutional and individual partners spanning the globe. HEARD supports UNAIDS, the SADC Secretariat and Parliamentary Forum and South African and African leadership in responding to issues of health, development and HIV.Mission

To inspire health and development strategies, policies and practices that improve the welfare of people in and beyond Africa.

General Objectives

To improve private and public sector understanding of the socio-economic impacts of HIV and AIDS through an applied research focus

  • To promote multi-sectoral responses to the impact of HIV and AIDS
  • To develop the practice of health economics and social/behavioural science
  • To train business and community leaders, professionals and government officials in the strategic planning for the management of HIV and AIDS and other health issues
  • General Principles
  • Effective interventions through sound socio-economic, social and behavioural analysis and interdisciplinary research
  • The transfer of skills
  • The sharing of knowledge
  • Capacity building
  • Research utilisation

UNICEF

UNICEF is the driving force that helps build a world where the rights of every child are realized. We have the global authority to influence decision-makers, and the variety of partners at grassroots level to turn the most innovative ideas into reality.  That makes us unique among world organizations, and unique among those working with the young.

We believe that nurturing and caring for children are the cornerstones of human progress.  UNICEF was created with this purpose in mind – to work with others to overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease and discrimination place in a child’s path.  We believe that we can, together, advance the cause of humanity.

We advocate for measures to give children the best start in life, because proper care at the youngest age forms the strongest foundation for a person’s future.

We promote girls’ education – ensuring that they complete primary education as a minimum – because it benefits all children, both girls and boys. Girls who are educated grow up to become better thinkers, better citizens, and better parents to their own children.

We act so that all children are immunized against common childhood diseases, and are well nourished, because it is wrong for a child to suffer or die from a preventable illness.

We work to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS among young people because it is right to keep them from harm and enable them to protect others. We help children and families affected by HIV/AIDS to live their lives with dignity.

We involve everyone in creating protective environments for children. We are present to relieve suffering during emergencies, and wherever children are threatened, because no child should be exposed to violence, abuse or exploitation.

UNICEF upholds the Convention on the Rights of the Child.  We work to assure equality for those who are discriminated against, girls and women in particular. We work for the Millennium Development Goals and for the progress promised in the United Nations Charter. We strive for peace and security. We work to hold everyone accountable to the promises made for children.

We are part of the Global Movement for Children – a broad coalition dedicated to improving the life of every child.  Through this movement, and events such as the United Nations Special Session on Children, we encourage young people to speak out and participate in the decisions that affect their lives. 

We work in 190 countries through country programmes and National Committees. We are UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund.

UNAIDS

The goal of UNAIDS is to lead and inspire the world in Getting to zero: zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-deaths.

 
 

Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative (REPSSI)

REPSSI (the Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative) helps children get the care and support they are entitled to. REPSSI is a non-profit regional organization working to lessen the devastating social and emotional impact of HIV and AIDS, poverty and conflict among children and youth in 13 countries in east and southern Africa.

REPSSI maintains partnerships with governments, development partners, international organisations and NGOs in the region. With our technical advice and assistance, these partners implement programmes which strengthen communities’ and families’ ability to care for and protect their children and youth.