Research capacity building: A US-South African partnership

Collins O. Airhihenbuwa, Olive Shisana, Nompumelelo Zungu, Rhonda BeLue, Daisy M. Makofani, Tammy Shefer, Edward Smith, Leickness Simbayi

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Research capacity building engenders assets that allow communities (and, in this case, student fellows) to respond adequately to health issues and problems that are contextual, cultural and historical in nature. In this paper, we present a US-South African partnership that led to research training for 30 postgraduate students at two South African universities. We begin by exploring the nature of research capacity building in a partnership research project designed to promote HIV and AIDS-related stigma reduction. We examine methodological issues and their relevance to training of postgraduate students in South Africa. We conclude with recommendations for a successful model of partnership for building capacity of health researchers in Africa with the goal of developing research that informs policies and helps to bridge the health inequity gap globally.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)27-35
Number of pages9
JournalGlobal Health Promotion
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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