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Rural doctors gather online to share knowledge

During a time of physical disconnection, video conferencing has created a virtual space for people to gather and share knowledge in ways previously not considered. In the spirit of strengthening rural health systems, Dr Jacques du Toit from the MRC/Wits-Agincourt Research Unit organised a webinar in collaboration with the Rural

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Congratulations on your PhD, Kirsten!

Kirsten Rowe is a medical doctor from Cape Town, South Africa with a passion for global mental and neurological health. She was recently awarded her doctorate at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom where she studied as a Rhodes scholar. Most of her PhD data was collected at

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Passing of Prof Peter Byass, Agincourt collaborator and friend

A colleague and a dear friend to many in the MRC/Wits-Agincourt Unit, Prof Peter Byass sadly passed away unexpectedly on the 16th August 2020 at his home in the UK. We all feel heartsore for his wife, Margaret and their three sons and their families. Not only did Peter work

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SAPRIN WINS NSTF-SOUTH32 ‘DATA FOR RESEARCH’ AWARD

The South African Population Research Infrastructure Network (SAPRIN) has won the prestigious 2019/2020 National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) ‘Data for Research’ Award. SAPRIN Director Dr Kobus Herbst, from Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI), and co-Director Professor Mark Collinson, from the MRC/Wits Rural Public Health and Health Transitions Research Unit

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PROTECTING THE RURAL FRONTLINE

When South Africa’s strict lockdown began on 27 March 2020, COVID-19 had reached nearly every country and the world faced a shortage of personal protective equipment. Netcare 911 issued a call to the 3D printing community to produce head rings for face shields used by the healthcare sector. A cross

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MANDELA DAY 2020

Given the need for adhering to COVID-19 regulations, the indunas in our villages are having to ensure that people have access to sanitizer and hand washing facilities at funerals. Public Engagement Officer, Simon Khoza, decided that a meaningful contribution for Mandela Day would be to provide the induna of each

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DR ARMSTRONG DZOMBA GETS HIS PhD – HALALA

  Dr Armstrong Dzomba, one of the MRC/Wits-Agincourt Unit’s current post-doctoral fellows, obtained his PhD from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal on his thesis “The effects of mobility on HIV risk acquisition in South Africa.” His published findings have described the effect of ART scale-up and female migration intensity on

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DR JESSICA PRICE GETS HER DPhil – HALALA

  Dr Jessica Price recently completed her DPhil in Primary Care Health Sciences as a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford. Her thesis focused on mortality among children under the age of five, specifically trying to better understand why a high proportion of child deaths occur at home in

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