Study presentations and resources

HERA Early Career Researchers Academic Writing Workshop - Summer 2021


HERA2 Workshop - Kandy, Sri Lanka 2020


Presentations can be found here:

Writing journal articles: Authorship and power

Brazil - Overview of intervention development and stakeholder engagement in intervention development

Brazil - Intervention overview

Brazil - Key results from the formative phase 

Brazil - How we use feminist principles and theory in our reserach on VAW

Brazil - What happens to women facing domestic violence after disclosire in a PHC setting 

Capacity Strengthening in HERA 2: Reflections and future directions

Violence over the lifecourse

Sri Lanka - Recognition, Identification and Provision of Support for Children and Adolescents Exposed to Domestic Violence: Supporting the healthcare response in Sri Lanka 

Sri Lanka - Helping or heithening vulnerability?Midwives as arbiters of risk for women experiencing (self-directed) violence in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka - Engaging the Stakeholders

HERA2 Sri Lankan Findings

Using Mixed Methods

Violence against women interventions in sexual and reproductive health services in low and middle-income countries: acceptability, effectiveness and cost-effectiveness 

Lost in translation? Language and meaning in research with international partner

Nepal - Key Findings from Formative Phase

How to conduct rapid qualitative evaluations of healthcare interventions

How to use research findings to influence policy change and prioritisation 

Qualitative data analysis


HERA1 – End of study dissemination event. 13th June 2019, London, UK.

Joined by international researchers from the fields of violence against women (VAW) and global health research, the HERA team shared findings for the MRC funded stage of our project in Brazil and Palestine. We discussed how our findings relate to the global field of violence against women research. Claudia Garcia-Moreno, who leads the WHO’s world on violence against women, summarises the progress made to date in strengthening the healthcare response to VAW before highlighting knowledge gaps and identifying areas for future research. Dr Amira Shaheen and Dr Abdulsalam Alkaiyat from An-Najah National University Palestine highlighted some of the challenges presented by undertaking this sensitive research in a politically unstable setting. Professor Ana Flavia d’Oliveira and Stephanie Pereira from University of Sao Paulo presented on their work in Brazil and made us question whether the training of clinicians is enough? Professor Sarah Hawkes from Institute for Global Health, University College London provided an engaging plenary lecture where she challenged us to consider how power and equity play out in global health research and how we can consciously move away from historically embedded power imbalances. Dr Loraine Bacchus from LSTHM drew the day to a close with outlining our plans for the next NIHR funded phase of our work.

Presentations can be found here:


HERA workshop - Dhulikhel, Nepal January 2019

In January 2019 we ran a 3 day meeting which was hosted by our Nepalese collaborators from Dhulikel Hospital and Kathmandu University. This meeting provided an opportunity for country teams from Brazil, Nepal, Palestine and Sri Lanka to present and receive feedback on previous work and future research proposals. We facilitated a full range of training workshops including research methodology, capacity building, knowledge mobilisation and project management. Beyond training, the meeting provided an invaluable opportunity to develop working relationships with international colleagues and discuss group work in small or informal meetings.

The meeting was attended by 21 members of the HERA group (2 from Brazil, 4 from Nepal, 4 from Palestine, 4 from Sri Lanka and 7 from UK). In order to widening capacity building beyond the immediate research team, we invited local Nepalese health researchers to participate in the workshops. They particularly benefited from methodological training, serving to strengthen the local and organisational research environment. Two researchers from India and Sri Lanka who work in another NIHR Global Health Research Group attended the workshops and fed back to us on the work of their research group.

The meeting was extended by an additional optional 2 days for visiting the local hospital and outreach primary care clinic, enabling a better appreciation of the local healthcare and research context. Despite the packed schedule, we found a bit of time for exploring the old town of Dhulikel, sampling local cuisine such as momos and experiencing Nepalese traditional culture and hospitality.

Presentations can be found here:

A framework for project management (PDF, 530kB)

Brazil - HERA 1 Lessons learned (PDF, 364kB)

Brazil HERA 2 plans (PDF, 304kB)

Capacity Building in HERA 2 (PDF, 462kB)

Developing programme theory and evaluation (PDF, 940kB)

Economic evaluation (PDF, 767kB)

ethics and safety in intervention (PDF, 503kB)

Introduction to qualitative methods (PDF, 73kB)

Nepal HERA 2 plans (PDF, 754kB)

OPT HERA 1 reflexions (PDF, 791kB)

OPT HERA 2 plans (PDF, 132kB)

Qualitative data analysis session (PDF, 497kB)

Qualitative methods (PDF, 512kB)

Sri Lanka HERA 2 plans (PDF, 312kB)

ERC group: developing your academic career


UK Meeting 10th and 11th January 2018 MRC Global Research Challenges

HERA held its first UK meeting on the 10th and 11th January 2018, with all collaborators involved in the MRC Global Research Challenges Foundation Award research study, which explores how to integrate violence against women interventions in primary health care settings in Occupied Territories of Palestine and Brazil. The aim of the meeting was to share findings from Phase 1, which explored barriers and facilitators to implementing the intervention in the two settings and implications for the training programmes and support pathways for women. Key findings from the systematic reviews conducted in both countries highlighted the prevalence and health impact of domestic violence in Arabic countries and health care responses to violence against women in Brazil.  The results of the health systems readiness assessments (‘readiness’ to adopt the intervention) at the clinic pilot sites were presented, along with theory of change approach for the planned stakeholder intervention planning workshops and the evaluation of the pilot studies. An Advocate Educator (AE) presented the UK IRIS intervention model in primary health care. The World Health Organization introduced a new manual it has launched to help health managers and policy makers to strengthen health systems to deliver better quality care to women who are subjected to violence.

Presentations can be found here:

Amira Shaheen Palestine Phase 1 Key findings January 2018 (PDF, 805kB)

Ana Flavia d'Oliviera Brazil intervention model and materials (PDF, 1,418kB)

Ana Flavia d'Oliviera Brazil systematic review (PDF, 765kB)

Ana Flavia d'Oliviera Phase 1 key findings (PDF, 1,488kB)

Jeasmine Chowdhry IRISi UK (PDF, 519kB)

Loraine Bacchus theory based evaluation (PDF, 1,604kB)

Marina Zayed Palestine GBV referral system and intervention model and materials (PDF, 285kB)

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