MRC/Wits-Agincourt Unit raises rural voices in the HSRC community survey

Fieldworker filling in HSRC online questionnaire for participant being interviewed on the phone.

Harnessing the power of our existing infrastructure and experience in telephonic surveillance, a study was completed with over 1300 participants randomly selected from our existing HDSS database, and sought to investigate awareness of COVID-19 symptoms and preventive measures, as well as the impact of South Africa’s national lockdown. The data contributed to a national study .The SAPRIN nodes, including the Atgincourt HDSS, were approached when the HSRC realised that rural people were not answering their online questionnaire, hence rural voices were missing.

Amukelani Nkuna