About us


We undertake empirical and conceptual research into ethical-legal complexities in clinical trials of HIV prevention modalities in South Africa. We also develop resources for stakeholders.

We work with several role-players to help facilitate the ethical conduct of such trials in our setting, including researchers, RECs, community stakeholders and advocates.

Our interests include consent, engagement, standards of prevention and ancillary care as well as adolescent participation.

HAVEG is funded by USAID to explore how engagement could be strengthened by ethics review (Co-operative Agreement No. AID-OAA-A-16-OOO31 – Coalition To Accelerate And Support Prevention Research: CASPR).

Past funders include: CHVI CIHR and SAMRC to strengthen interpersonal processes in engagement and consent; the NIH, EDCTP and PATH to facilitate the protected participation of adolescents; the Wellcome Trust to explore prevention and care; and SAAVI to strengthen ethical-legal priority areas.

From 2000 to 2022 HAVEG was based at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa