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IAA is designated as an IAGG Collaborating Centre

The IAA was designated as an IAGG Collaborating Centre, for a renewable four-year period, in April 2009. The International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics requires such centres to be an officially recognised research unit at a university, that is multidisciplinary and offers a regular programme of training. In addition, the centre should provide evidence of productivity in the form of peer-reviewed publications, and evidence of sustainability in the form of a multi-year budget, professional and support staff, and multiple research affiliates.

Associate Professor Enid Schatz gives a seminar on older women and AIDS

Enid Schatz, a demographer and sociologist, and an associate professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science, and the Department of Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Missouri in the USA, gave a seminar in the IAA/ILCSA Seminar Series 2008, in July. The topic of her seminar was "Co-existing discourses: How older women in South Africa make sense of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. "Schatz has been conducting research in South Africa on issues relating to gender, ageing and AIDS since 2002. Her work focuses primarily on the social and structural impacts of HIV/AIDS on households in rural South Africa, with an emphasis on gendered and generational dynamics. E-mail:

IAA's Kalula and Ferreira participate in an AFRAN Policy–Research Dialogue

Sebastiana Kalula and Monica Ferreira participated in a Policy–Research Dialogue on Advancing Health Care in South Africa, convened by the African Research on Ageing Network (AFRAN) and co-hosted by the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG), in Abuja, Nigeria in July 2008. The purpose of the three-day workshop was to identify information and training needs towards the development of a corps of health professionals skilled in caring for older clients. Four countries were represented in the dialogue: Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal and South Africa.  Click here to view a report on outcomes of the dialogue. Planning of several training projects to achieve goals of the dialogue is under way.

Sebastiana Kalula teaches in an INIA (UN-Malta) course on Social Gerontology in Johannesburg

The second in situ training course to be held in South Africa, presented by the International Institute of Ageing (UN-Malta), was offered in association with North-West University in Johannesburg in December 2008. The first INIA course was organised by the HSRC/UCT Centre for Gerontology and Age-in-Action in Cape Town in 1995. Fifty-eight professionals, practitioners and academics participated in the Johannesburg course, in which IAA director Sebastiana Kalula taught in the module on health and health care.