HEARD conducts a range of research on interventions to reduce the HIV pandemic. The division has staff members with various areas of expertise, but they do not have an epidemiologist although they are sometimes in need of epidemiological assistance.
Since July I am therefore a part-time staff member of the Health Economics and HIV and AIDS Research Division (HEARD) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and I bring in epidemiological expertise when needed.
For example, I assisted with the methodology section of a research proposal on the evaluation of a HIV prevention project for adolescents. The funding for this project has recently been assigned and it is expected to start before the end of this year.
Recently I took the lead in writing the design sections of a proposal on the implementation and evaluation of a HIV self-testing intervention among male truck drivers and female sex workers in Zambia. This proposal has just been submitted.
The idea behind the collaboration is, that I assist HEARD where needed with proposal writing, and when funding has been obtained for a proposal I assisted with, the work for the epidemiologist in the team will be outsourced to me.
In addition, I gave a presentation to HEARD PhD scholarship students and staff on epidemiology recently. [link to pdf]