18th August 1999

 

RESEARCHER RETURNS FROM AFRICA TRIP

 

University researcher Helen Elsey has returned from a six-week trip to East and Southern Africa where she developed proposals with local organisations and universities to carry out collaborative research work.

 

Helen works in the Centre for Applied Development Studies at the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside which is involved in several projects to work with organisations and communities in Africa.

 

At the University of Cape Town, Helen and fellow research assistant Dave Clark worked with South African colleagues to develop a proposal for a research project into the causes of poverty in the rural town of Murraysburg. 

 

"Cape Town is a beautiful city, but there is a stark contrast between the different areas," said Helen. "The predominantly white area is like the French Riviera, whereas the black townships are like shanty towns - despite the supposed ending of apartheid."

 

From Cape Town Helen flew to Pretoria with ULH senior professor John Friend, where they met up with another colleague from the University of Pretoria to discuss training proposals for local organisations in management techniques.

 

Over the next few weeks Helen travelled to Zambia and Zimbabwe to strengthen links with other local partner organisations and discuss future funding possibilities with international cash donors.   From Zimbabwe she flew to Malawi, where she stayed for a week on the beautiful southern shore of the country's famous lake.

 

"It was an incredible place and very beautiful - an ideal place to hold a workshop." said Helen.  She ran a three-day workshop for a team working for the charity ActionAid on HIV/AIDS prevention and care.

 

"Eighty-three per cent of the world's AIDS deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa and some of the highest figures are in Malawi where there is a 14% HIV prevalence rate," she added.

                                                                                                                       

After a flying visit to Kenya, Helen is now back from her trip, but it won't be long before she's off again - this time to carry out one of the projects developed on her initial trip to Kenya.                                                                                                More...

 

The project will be carried out in collaboration with the University of Nairobi and will analyse the successes of a Kenyan national network that has been effectively campaigning on HIV/AIDS issues.

 

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