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Dear Review Readers,

We are pleased to share with you the December 2022 edition of the HSRC Review magazine.

Commemorating World Aids Day on 1 December, we feature articles that explore HIV self-testing, mental health struggles, treatment adherence and stigma in relation to HIV.

Researchers also look at the hostile attitudes of health workers towards young patients seeking sexual and reproductive healthcare, which constitute ‘structural violence’ if they discourage uptake of such services.

Recently, the HSRC co-hosted the 1st International Conference on Risk and Disaster Management in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Reducing disaster risk requires building resilience through ongoing development programmes rather than mounting a major response only once crises happen. We outline lessons from the April KwaZulu-Natal floods for future disaster reduction strategies. During our visit to the Victoria Falls communities, located in close proximity to elephants, residents also offered lessons for the coexistence of wildlife and people.

This year, the HSRC and its international counterparts held workshops to discuss the benefits and dangers of devices powered by artificial intelligence to educate and entertain children.

Other articles look at the factors that motivate people to help refugees; a photovoice research project revealing student activists’ experiences of violence and well-being after university protests; the importance of high-level advocacy for women’s rights; and the successful digitalisation of the HSRC’s national R&D survey.

We would like to wish you a safe and restful festive season.

The HSRC Review team

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The HSRC is committed to the dissemination of research-based information. One of the vehicles for this activity is its quarterly magazine, the HSRC Review, which contains accessible articles of recent research outputs, expert opinion and success stories of collaborative projects.

The HSRC Review assists the organisation in adhering to its mandate to serve the public purpose. It informs the making and monitoring of effective policy, helps to evaluate its implementation, and sparks public debate by disseminating research results.

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