IAS/SASH Satellite Session on “What Kind of Problem is a Pill?: Social Science Responds to the ART Scale-Up in Africa

IAS Satellite copyThis satellite session was co-organized by: IAS and The Division of Social and Behavioural Sciences (Public Health) South African Social Science and HIV (SASH) Programme in HIV Social Sciences at the University of Cape Town (UCT). The session addressed the many complex challenges raised by the initiation of anti retroviral therapy (ART) and adherence to ART. In the session researchers in social science and activists shared their experiences and findings and demonstrated how social science is helping to understand and address the problem and offered ways of overcoming these problems that are relevant to clinicians and public health practitioners. The need for mobilisation and activism after initiation of ART, the efforts to engage men in the long term, gender dimensions and the challenges faced by migrants were dealt with. The in-depth discussions were followed by a lively discussion among the 80 participants of the session. Panelists included: Hakan Seckinelgin (London School of Economics); Sanyu Mojola (University of Colorado at Boulder); Christina Zarowsky (University of the Western Cape); Christopher J. Colvin (University of Cape Town) and Phumzile Nywagi (Sonke Gender Justice Network).

IAS/SASH Colloquium on “Scoping the Next Era of HIV Social Science in Africa: Who? What? How?

Colloquium copyThe IAS/UCT Colloquium, Scoping the Next Era Of HIV Social Science In Africa: Who, What, How? was held on Thursday, 5 December, at the Centre for African Studies Gallery, Upper Campus, University of Cape Town. The half-day colloquium brought together 80 interdisciplinary scholars working on HIV social science in Africa. They were engaged in a lively conversation, debate and agenda-setting for the new era of HIV social science in Africa, to 1) develop relationships and communities of mutual interest and practice (the ‘who’) and 2) identify the key HIV social science questions, concepts, and priorities going forward (the ‘what’), and 3) discuss the research projects, methodologies, initiatives, funding, collaborations, and theories needed to do this work (the ‘how’). The discussions were guided by Hakan Seckinelgin (London School of Economics); Sanyu Mojola (University of Colorado at Boulder); Christopher J. Colvin (University of Cape Town) and Mark Lurie, (Brown University) as they introduced the role of the social sciences in HIV. This was followed by three break-out sessions for focus group work which delved into details of the discussions. Group rapporteurs reported by the end of the day and the Colloquium was concluded with strengthening of networking between young social scientist and with a greater clarity on the evolving agenda HIV Social Science In Africa.