OSSREA has launched a special research project entitled ‘Integrating Gender Issues in Multidisciplinary Research in Eastern and Southern Africa.’ This project is fully financed by NORAD and was expected to be completed from 2010 – 2012. The general objectives of this special research project are to: a) enhance the capacity of scholars and experts in government and CSOs to design, implement, assess, evaluate and monitor development programmes from a gender perspective; b) to conduct research, produce and disseminate knowledge on the link between emerging gender issues and government propoor policies, natural resource development, customary and statutory laws, social protection, health, HIV/AIDS etc.; and c) to develop teaching and reference manuals to understand and analyze various gender related issues in tertiary educational institutions. OSSREA has launched the following three main projects under this special research project on gender. Insights into Gender Equity, Equality and Power Relations in sub-Saharan Africa’ intended to examine, inter alia, gender and economic empowerment and pro-poor growth strategies, policies and programmes; gender equity and equality and national resources management; constitutional and legal frameworks and their impact on gender power relations, equity and equality; gender equity, equality and national resources management; structures of gender inequity and inequality in arenas of production – farms, firms, factories, forests etc.; gender aspects of birth, life, health and death; and gender issues in social services delivery especially in health, education, energy and environmental management.

This project is expected to address the dire need for teaching materials in higher institutions across Africa running post graduate programs in gender studies. The teaching materials are expected to be focused on gender issues in economic growth and poverty reduction; vulnerability and social protection; agriculture and natural resources; policy reforms and the re-alignment of gender relations; political and cultural issues in Gender; Gender and population dynamics; and gender mainstreaming in various sectors (health, education, environment, energy etc.).

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This project has the objective of examining a) the quality of life of patients under ARV treatment, especially women and children; challenges of adherence to ARVs; impact of ARV treatment on HIV and AIDS prevention and awareness creation; social support systems to PLWA in ARV treatment; role of gender, age, class, and ethnicity in determining patients’ access to ARVs; effectiveness of policies and programs to ensure equitable and non-discriminatory access to ARV; b) reasons behind the low rate of uptake of PMTCT (preventing mother-to-child transmission); the impact of HIV and AIDS centred programmes on local health systems in sub-Saharan Africa; the role of complementary and alternative medicine or informal health providers, including traditional and faith-based healers, in influencing patients’ decisions to receive and adhere to or refrain from ARVs; and c) supportive role of community-based organizations, NGOs, and the private sector, as well as government budgetary allocations, support programmes (e.g. Safety Net) for increasing access to patients, and roles of international, continental and regional organizations in sub-Saharan Africa in ensuring sustained ARV treatments.

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OSSREA Strategic Plan 2016 - 2020

The OSSREA 2016 - 2020 Strategic Plan is a blue print that guides the activities of the Secretariat and its National Chapters for the period 2016 to 2020. Download the PDF version and be informed about the planned intervention areas.

OSSREA Annual Reports

OSSREA publishes and freely disseminates the status of all its current activities regarding research, capacity development, publication, dissemination, financial and administration in an annual report form. The annual reports are avialable for download in PDF format.

OSSREA Catalogue

The OSSREA catalogue which is updated yearly contains short information about the publications of OSSREA. The PDF version of the catalogue is freely available for download. Download now the 2013 Catalogue to find out more about the publications of OSSREA.

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