Towards Research Leadership
Developing Research Innovation, Localisation and Leadership in South Africa
What We Do

Health Professions Education

Research into the education of health professionals requires an understanding of the education that they already receive, and the cultural and societal norms and prejudices that are imbedded in this education. Making Health Education appropriate and applicable to the culture and society of the professionals being educated is important in furthering the development of a holistic and representative health system.
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Health Research Ethics

Health research ethics is an important area of knowledge and practice for all health researchers. Research ethics is an integral component or research excellence, because research typically requires careful and well-informed attention to the safety, dignity and welfare of research participants’ information, conditions, and lives.
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The study of the interaction between humans and HIV is a complex one. HIV is a disease with stigma and fear associated with it.

Educating people and communities about HIV and the advances in treatment and in prevention is core to helping communities grow and cope with HIV in our society. Part of this is helping medical professionals understand the social and emotional tools needed to communicate with HIV positive people and their families and communities. The other part is communicating treatment and health practices to patients and the community.

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Mental Health

Mental Health diseases are often seen as character flaws or personality defects. As with those who are HIV positive, or have AIDS, people with mental illnesses are often stigmatized by society. They do not receive the support they need to identify their illness, or get help.
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Health Systems Strengthening

DRILL research in the Health Systems area will focus on assessing Health Systems structures which are already in place, in an effort to try and begin the process of designing a system appropriate for South Africa. This will include looking at funding models, rural versus urban needs, and using systems already in place more effectively.

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