6th HEARD Workshop - Planning for HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa
6th HEARD Workshop - Planning for HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa ---------------------------------------------------------------- 29 September to 17 October, 2003 One of a series of International Policy Research Workshops held over the last eleven years in the UK, East Asia and Africa, the 6th HEARD HIV/AIDS workshop focuses on the need to anticipate the medium and long-term social and economic consequences of HIV/AIDS. We offer par- ticipants a unique opportunity over two weeks, to exchange ideas, re- view their experiences with strategies and tactics, and identify in- terventions appropriate to their local situation. Due to the enormous success in 2002, the 2003 workshop will once again include an optional third week which aims to provide partici- pants with the tools to project the impact of HIV/AIDS using computer modelling. Target Participants The workshop is designed for senior professionals concerned with planning for the economic, social, demographic and human resource im- plications of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Previous workshop participants have included economists and planners from government ministries; AIDS programme managers; donors; NGO programme managers; private sec- tor representatives; local government officers; academics and other special interest groups. Prerequisites No fixed maxima/minima parameters are set, apart from a good standard of written and spoken English, as all applications are assessed for suitability. A working knowledge of computers is essential for par- ticipants intending to enrol for the computer modelling option. Workshop Content Week 1: Issues & Information - Data construction, collation, and interpretation Socio-economic impact Vulnerability and susceptibility State of the epidemic Demographic issues Industry and agriculture, orphans and the elderly Economic and social analysis Assessment and interpretation of demographic and intervention models Week 2: Models, tools & techniques - Guidelines for Studies of the Social and Economic Impact of HIV/AIDS HIV/AIDS audits Planning problems - demographic and epidemiological models Risk environment Case Studies The use of AIDS Briefs Targeting policy responses Private sector, donors and governments Week 3 (optional): Development & use of models - Working with models AIDS projection software Spectrum Intervention models Training Approaches Our aim is to ensure delegates participate as fully as possible through a mixture of lectures, group exercises, reading and practical work. Previous participant evaluation of these workshops have indi- cated that they are informal, but demand hard work. Access to the internet will be available throughout the workshop, and a dedicated computer network will be provided for those attending the modeling option. All training materials are provided. Course Facilitators Alan W. Whiteside, is Professor and Director of the Health Economics and HIV/AIDS Research Division (HEARD) at the University of Natal in Durban. He has been looking at the economic impact of HIV/AIDS since 1987, and has undertaken commissioned research for the Southern Afri- can Development Bank in South Africa, Southern Africa Foundation for Economic Research, Zimbabwe, studies of the impact of HIV/AIDS for a group of sugar companies in Swaziland, and work on the implications of AIDS for the Town and Regional Planning Commission of KwaZulu- Natal. He recently completed a 3-year project for USAID and is now embarking on the second phase. In 2000 he co-authored with Clem Sunter, the well-received book "AIDS: The Challenge for South Af- rica". Tony Barnett, is a Professor of Development Studies in the School of Development Studies, University of East Anglia (UK). Has been re- searching the social and economic impact of HIV/AIDS since 1987. Com- pleted research includes major projects in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia as well as work in India. Advisor to the UK Overseas De- velopment Administration, UN, FAO, UNDP, UNICEF as well as govern- ments and NGOs, he is a member of the French Government's National AIDS Research Committee. In addition to many articles, he is author (with Piers Blaikie) of AIDS in Africa: Its Present And Future Im- pact, (with Martina Haslwimmer) The Effects of HIV/AIDS on Farming Systems in Eastern Africa, FAO, Rome, 1994. He has undertaken re- search on the social and economic impact of HIV/AIDS in India, Ukraine, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Kenya and several other countries in Africa and elsewhere. Tony Barnett and Alan Whiteside co-authored the book: "AIDS in the Twenty-First Century: Disease and Globalisation" published by Pal- grave in June 2002 Chris Desmond, is a Senior Researcher at the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC). He has conducted research into various areas of socio-economic impact of HIV/AIDS specialising in education, orphans and vulnerable children, and poverty issues. In addition to his re- search activities, Chris also conducts training in the use of model- ling as a tool for projecting the impact of HIV/AIDS, and has taught courses in South Africa, the UK and the Ukraine. Cost The course fee includes tuition, full board and accommodation, air- port transfers, and all course materials. Early registration fee (up to Sept 5 2003): ZAR 17,500 / US$ 1,750 core course ZAR 26,750 / US$ 2,675 core course + modelling option (1 additional week) Registrations received after Sept 5 2003: ZAR 19,500 / US$ 1,950 core course ZAR 28,750 / US$ 2,875 core course + modelling option (1 addi- tional week) Please note that travel to/from Durban (including expenses), travel/ local insurance, visa charges, per diems and other incidental ex- penses are not included in the course fee, and will be the sole re- sponsibility of the participant. Other Information A maximum of 50 places are available. The closing date for applica- tions is 22 August 2003. An application form can be requested: By phone:+27-31-260-2592 By fax: +27-31-260-2587 By email: mailto:freeman@nu.ac.za Website: http://www.heard.org.za By mail: The Course Coordinator HEARD, University of Natal, 4041 Republic of South Africa Applications from countries in Eastern Africa can alternatively be directed to: The Regional AIDS Training Network The Course Coordinator Tel: +254-2-716-009 / 724-634 Fax: +254-2-726-626 mailto:ndiritucw@ratn.org