Introducing HAYA (Healthy Adolescents & Young Adults) Research Unit

HAYA_Logo_[Master]_2The HAYA Research Unit, is a partnership between MARCH Centre at the School and the Africa Centre For Population Health in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. This unit has been set up thanks to an investment by ViiV Positive Action and will be sited within the Africa Centre, which is supported by the Wellcome Trust.

HAYA’s focus is on inter-disciplinary research and programming for adolescent health, and particularly on HIV given the very high prevalence around the Africa Centre. HAYA will work with others in South Africa and the region to identify and strengthen research and programme networks, beginning with a number of opportunities for research fellows. HAYA’s new Director Jane Ferguson, previously led adolescent health work at WHO for the last three decades and will be based in South Africa. Deborah Farmer, Scientific Communications, will be based in London.

Launch of HAYA Research Unit

The Unit was launched in a combined event with the MARCH MOOC on 21st September, 2015. The event was attended by representatives from ViiV Healthcare and a short video clip of the presentations from Dominique Limet, CEO, ViiV Healthcare and Jane Ferguson, Director of HAYA can be viewed on the HAYA website.

The initiative will also provide a focus for training and building capacity in research on adolescent healthcare and HAYA is delighted to announce the funding of its first research fellowship award, for more info please visit the HAYA website.

In the photo, those pictured from left to right are:

  • Manuel Goncalves, Vice President, External Affairs and Communications ViiV Healthcare
  • Jane Ferguson – Director, HAYA research unit
  • Dominique Limet, CEO, ViiV Healthcare
  • Anne Mills – Deputy Director, LSHTM
  • Peter Piot – Director, LSHTM
  • Joy Lawn – Director of the maternal, adolescent, child, reproductive health (MARCH) centre at the School