Population Association of Southern Africa 

Newsletter: 25 May 2018

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PASA 2018 Population Conference 
The countdown to the conference has begun!  We will be sending out a list of potential accommodation options in Stellenbosch during the course of next week.
There are only 52 days until the 2018 Population Conference St
PASA 2018 Pre-conference Workshops (16- 17 July 2018)
PASA will host two one-day pre-conference workshops on the 16th and the 17th of July 2018 at Stellenbosch University.

To apply to attend either one or both of the workshops, please send an email with your CV and a motivation to Alice and cc
Kindly note that you have  to pay registration fees prior to the conference. 
The South African Medical Research Council will facilitate a workshop on "Making sense of cause of death data" on the 16th of July. The workshop will orientate participants in: the criteria used for the evaluation of cause of death data, some basic methods of analysis, practical evaluation of the cause of death data, the interpretation of the cause of death data, the burden of disease approach and measures of mortality. For more information, click here.
Prof Philippe Bocquier will facilitate a workshop on "Migration, health and mortality in developing countries" on the 17th of July. The workshop endeavors to explain the relationship between migration (internal or international), health, and mortality in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMIC), with occasional references to More Developed Countries (MDC). Concepts, theories and hypotheses will be presented and some case studies will be discussed and confronted to theories and related hypotheses.  For more information on the workshop, click here.
Dr Choonara on New Beginnings & Attending the World Health Assembly

Dr. Shakira Choonara

"Data is a crucial element and fundamentally shaped almost every session as key statistics were quoted by member states, civil society and even youth at the the largest gathering (WHA) which is also one of the most important decision-making platforms in the world"
Dr Shakira Choonara (28) is an award-winning researcher and influential public health activist who holds both a Honours (Cum Laude) and Masters in Demography from the University of the Witwatersrand and PhD in Public Health from the same university. She is set to take up a new venture as the Obesity Prevention Coordinator for South Africa at the Washington Based NGO, the Global Health Advocacy Incubator. Dr Choonara recently attended the World Health Assembly (WHA71) in Geneva on behalf of the American Association of Pediatrics as a NCD Child Ambassador. She describes  the role of data at WHA , "Data is a crucial element and fundamentally shaped almost every session as key statistics were quoted by member states, civil society and even youth at the the largest gathering (WHA) which is also one of the most important decision-making platforms in the world". Dr Choonara also engaged with a wide-range of stakeholders including the Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, she facilitated an impressive discussion between youth and Dr Sania Nishar (High Level Commission on Noncommunicable Diseases) and participated as a plenary speaker at the first ever WHO Youth Town Hall alongside WHO Gender and Youth Representative Diah Saminarsih. 
Follow Dr Choonara on Twitter @ChoonaraShakira
2018 Graduations Continue

Graduation season!
Keatlegile Moses Eskia Mabena

Honours in Population Studies
(North West University)

Research Topic
Attitudes and perceptions towards intimate partner violence in Southern Africa: The case of Lesotho, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Malawi

Current Activity 
Masters in Population Studies and Sustainable Development (North West University)
Itumeleng Matshidiso

Honours in Population Studies
(North West University)

Research Topic
Contributing factors to Age at first birth in South Africa

Current Activity 
Seeking opportunities for employment
Joseph Muka Mundadi 

Masters in Rural Development
(University of Venda)

Research Topic
Investigating the Roles and Responsibilities of Religious Leaders in Rural Development Efforts in South Africa: A Case Study of Vhembe District in Limpopo Province 

Current Activity 
Field Researcher at the Centre for Statistical Analysis and Research 
Lesotho Data Sustainability Project
The Ministry of Development Planning, Lesotho through the Bureau of Statistics (BOS) engaged six Assistant Statisticians on the 1st February, 2018 and were deployed on the 2nd May, 2018 in six strategic ministries with financial assistance from the Lesotho Data Project (funded by EU and UNDP for twelve months after which the Government is expected to take over). The selected ministries are: Ministry of Forestry, Range and Soil Conservation; Ministry of Gender, Youth and Sports; Ministry of Energy; Ministry of Trade and Industry; Ministry of Water; and Ministry of Development Planning (BOS Coordination Unit). Upon engagement, under BOS leadership, the Assistant Statisticians underwent a four-month intensive orientation programme prior to their deployment. The orientation entailed the following aspects:
  • Familiarization of the National Statistics and M&E Systems through hands on practicals at the BOS
  • Collection of baseline data for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) M&E Framework
  • Participation in capacitation of MDAs on using administrative data to close the data gap
  • Participation in their respective Ministry follow up visits on using administrative data for statistics purposes
  • Participation in the data collection of the cross-sectional assessment of methodologies used to collate data in selected sectors
Assistant Statisticians with the Director of BOS         Assistant Statisticians send off meeting
during the send-off meeting                                          on the 19th of April 2018   
Get Published in 2018

Submit your paper to the
Southern African Journal of Demography

 Prof Maharaj
Submit your paper  to the 
African Population Studies Journal 

Guidelines to submit here
Institutional Reports and Newsletters
The Demography and Population Studies Programme at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg released their Quarter 1 2018 Newsletter. To view and subscribe to the newsletter, click here
The Union for African Population Studies released their 2017 Annual Report.  The report is available for download
Genesis Analytics is recruiting graduates for an intern in  Health: Southern Africa.  For more information click here.
The National Research foundation has opened a call for Master and Doctoral Scholarships for full-time studies for 2019. Click here to apply.
Applications are open to study a Master of Arts degree in Migration and Displacement at the African Centre for Migration and Society at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.  Applications close on the 30th of September 2018.  For more information visit their website.
The African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) has two opportunities available. The first is a Policy Analyst Position in Population Health and Well-being closing on the 31st of May 2018.  Apply here.  The second is a Consultancy Position in  Maternal and Child Health closing on 15 June 2018. Apply here.

The International Journal in Social Research Methods and Methodology is pleased to announce the 2018 competition for papers written by early career researchers (ECRs), who are either current doctoral students, or in their first three years of post-doctoral employment since the date of their doctoral graduation day.  A prize of £500 will be awarded to the best paper and this and runners up will be published in the Journal.  To enter, click here.

Internship: Generations and Gender Programme - NIDI-KNAW - Den Haag (Deadline 01/07/18 or until position is filled). For application information, click here.
The University of New Mexico will host the 2019 Population and Public Policy Conference at Hotel Albuquerque in Old Town from February 8-9, 2019.  The deadline to submit abstracts is the 15th of September 2018.  For more details click here.
PASA Membership Renewal
Join PASA or renew your membership  for 2018!
Complete the membership form here.
[Remember that student membership applies to masters students and below]
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