MRC/Wits-Rural Public Health and Health Transitions Unit (Agincourt) is a health and socio-demographic surveillance system (HDSS) that was established in 1992, in rural northeast South Africa, close to the national border with Mozambique.  The Agincourt HDSS study area is comprised of 31 villages and 120 000 people.  Its population and health priorities resemble many rural communities in Sub-Saharan Africa.  As such, the MRC/Wits-Agincourt Unit responds to a scope of rural public health issues to produce health research and data which is translatable to other rural Sub-Saharan communities.


Recently conferred PhDs based on work in the MRC/Wits-Agincourt Unit

Qualification: Masters, 2019
Title:  Usage of central nervous system medication in HIV/AIDS patients: Longitudinal analysis (2005-2015) of prevalence and prescribing pattern changes.


Floidy Wafawanaka

Qualification: PhD, 2018
Title:  A realist evaluation of a clinic based Lay Health Worker Intervention to improve the management of

hypertension in Rural South Africa

Felix Limbani

Qualification: PhD, 2019
Title: The Public engagement throughout the research process in a health and socio-demographic surveillance system

study area in rural South Africa

Rhian Twine