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Service Support and Engagement

Public Health Advocacy

Staff in the Division have been involved in a range of public health advocacy efforts, including:

  • Engagement with the People’s Health Movement of South Africa
  • Participation in advocacy work with Sonke Gender Justice around men’s access to HIV prevention and treatment services
  • Presentation to the Western Cape Provincial Commissioner of the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) on community participation and the Right to Health
  • Support to various communities and community-based organisations in Cape Town and the surrounding areas to identify public health priorities and build local capacity to support research and research translation, and implement public health interventions.

Technical Support to Community / Civil Society Partners

Division staff also have considerable experience providing technical support in social science research and training to a number of civil society organisations.  These include:

  • Sonke Gender Justice (www.genderjustice.org.za)
  • Medicins San Frontieres (MSF South Africa and Swaziland) (www.msf.org.za)
  • Human Rights Media Centre (HRMC) (www.hrmc.org.za)
  • People’s Health Movement (PHM) (www.phm-sa.org)
  • Development Works (developmentworks.co.za)
  • ComaCare and Imbizo Yamadoda (www.comacare.com)

Policy Contributions

Research in the Division has also led to numerous opportunities to make input into policy debates, both global and in South Africa.  Policy stakeholders have included:

  • South African National AIDS Council (SANAC)

  • The Western Cape Provincial AIDS Council
  • South African National Department of Health
  • World Health Organisaton

The Division is also engaged in efforts to develop and strengthen the place of evidence from social and behavioural science research in global health policymaking and practice.  Most of this work is focused on developing methods for conducting systematic reviews of qualitative evidence and translating evidence syntheses into policy and practice recommendations.  See “Qualitative Evidence Synthesis” under our “Research” page for more information.