UNAIDS and the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) have signed a memorandum of understanding to strengthen research, policies, and programmes on HIV prevention globally, with a special emphasis on Africa.
“This partnership is a unique opportunity for UNAIDS to consolidate strategic information on the AIDS epidemic and realise our common vision of zero new HIV infections, zero AIDS-related death and zero discrimination,” said Professor Sheila Tlou, Director, UNAIDS Regional Support Team for Eastern and Southern Africa.
Objectives of the collaboration include developing evidence-based HIV prevention strategies and building capacity at the national level to develop more efficient HIV policies and programmes as well as to improve programme monitoring, evaluation and reporting.
“We are pleased that the HSRC’s credibility in HIV research is recognized and that we are able to make a contribution to this global effort,” said Dr Olive Shisana, Chief Executive Officer, HSRC. “It is indeed a great honour and opportunity for the HSRC and we look forward to this collaboration.”
Based in South Africa, HSRC is a statutory research agency focusing on social sciences. It aims to serve as a knowledge hub that bridges the gap between research, policy and action through partnership with several key constituencies including government, universities, NGOs, and donor and development organizations.