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5th HEARD HIV/AIDS Workshop: Planning for HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa

October 28 to November 15, 2002
Durban, South Africa

One of a series of International Policy Research Workshops held over 
the last eleven years in the UK, East Asia and Africa, the 5th 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.

In response to much demand, the 2002 workshop will include an op-
tional third week which aims to provide participants 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.


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 basic knowledge of computers would be useful 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 mod-

Week 2: Models, tools & techniques
* Guidelines for Studies of the Social and Economic Impact of HIV/
* 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 modelling 
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-

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 have recently completed "AIDS in the 
Twenty-First Century: Disease and Globalisation" published by Pal-
grave in June 2002. 

Chris Desmond, is a Research Fellow at the Health Economics and 
HIV/AIDS Research Division, at the University of Natal. Has conducted 
research into various areas of socio-economic impact of HIV/AIDS spe-
cialising in education, orphans and vulnerable children, and poverty 
issues. In addition to his research activities, Chris also conducts 
training in the use of modelling as a tool for projecting the impact 
of HIV/AIDS, and has taught courses in South Africa, the UK and the 


The course fee includes tuition, full board and accommodation, air-
port transfers, and all course materials. 

Early registration fee: 
ZAR 16,000 / US$ 1,600 core course 
ZAR 24,000 / US$ 2,400 core course + modelling option (1 additional 

Registration after Oct 1: 
ZAR 17,500 / US$ 1,750 core course
ZAR 26,250 / US$ 2,625 core course + modelling option (1 additional 

Please note that travel to/from Durban (including expenses), travel/ 
local insurance, visa charges, per diems and other incidental ex-
penses will be the sole responsibility of the participant.

Other Information:

A maximum of 40 places are available. The closing date for applica-
tions is 27 September 2002. There is the possibility of sponsorship 
of the course fee in a few instances. 

An application form can be requested:
By phone: +27-31-260-2592
By fax:   +27-31-260-2587
By email:
via the web:
By mail: 
The Course Coordinator
HEARD, University of Natal
Durban, 4041
Republic of South Africa

Applications from countries in Eastern Africa can alternatively be 
directed to:
The Regional AIDS Training Network
The Course Coordinator
Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: +254-2-716-009 / 724-634 
Fax: +254-2-726-626

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