It is a pleasure to acknowledge outstanding and committed colleagues of the MRC/Wits-Agincourt Unit for whom that ‘extra mile’ is a norm. Equally the public living and working in the Agincourt HDSS, our hosts from whom we learn so much with the hope that, over time, they will reap full benefit… Mentors and colleagues at Wits and the MRC: your support and wise counsel is evident in the work and achievements of Agincourt. And we acknowledge with respect funding partners who join with us to make the MRC/Wits-Agincourt Unit enterprise possible.

Collaborators of the MRC/Wits-Agincourt Unit

If you would like to collaborate with the MRC/Wits Agincourt Unit, please first read these guidelines for collaborators





Africa Health Research Institute
Kobus Herbst
Victoria Hosegood
DIMAMO Population Health Research Unit, University of Limpopo
Marianne Alberts
Medical Research Council
Burden of Disease Research Unit
Debbie Bradshaw
Medical Research Council
Chronic Diseases of Lifestyle Research Unit
Jean Fourie
Mpumalanga Department of Health
Directorate for Maternal, Child, Women and Youth Health and Nutrition
Dudu Mdluli
Barry Spies
National Institute for Communicable Diseases
Jocelyn Moyes
Cheryl Cohen
Sonke Gender Justice
Dean Peacock
Statistics South Africa
Kefiloe Masiteng
Diego Itturalde
Maletela Tuoane-Nkhasi
University of Cape Town
Martin Wittenberg
Cathi Draper
University of KwaZulu-Natal
Population Studies and Development Studies
Eleanor Preston-Whyte

University of the Witwatersrand

Centre for Health Policy
Jane Goudge
Department of Chemical Pathology
Nigel Crowther
Department of Internal Medicine
Saraladevi Naicker
June Fabian
Department of Paediatrics and Child Health
John Pettifor
Haroon Saloojee
MRC/Wits Developmental Pathways for Health Research Unit
Shane Norris
Respiratory and Meningeal Pathogens Research Unit
Shabir Madhi
 School of Animal, Plant & Environmental Sciences
Wayne Twine
Sydney Brenner Institute for Molecular Bioscience
Michele Ramsay
Scott Hazelhurst
The School of Accountancy
Kurt Sartorius
The School of Computational and Applied Mathematics
David Sherwell
Wits School of Public Health
Sharon Fonn
Mary Kawonga
Tobias Chirwa
Mark Collinson

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African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC)
Donatien Beguy
   Brown University, USA
Department of Anthropology
Nicholas Townsend
Department of Community Health
Mark Lurie
Population Studies and Training Centre
Mark Pitt
Michael White
Nicholas Townsend
 Columbia University, USA
Columbia Population Research Center (CPRC)

Sally Findley
   Harvard University, USA
T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Lisa Berkman
Josh Salomon
Livia Montana
Till Bärnighausen
Peter Byass
  INDEPTH-Network, International
Osman Sankoh
IRD, France
Michel Garenne
Andre Briend
  London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK
Anne Mills
James Hargreave
Oxford University, UK
Alan Stein
Gaia Scerif
Mihaela Duta
Refugee Studies Centre
David Turton
  Princeton University, USA
Economics and Public Affairs
Anne Case
Angus Deaton
Adam Ashforth
Umeå University
Peter Byass
Nawi Ng
Stig Wall
Kerstin Edin
Anneli Ivarsson
John Kinsman
  University of Aberdeen
Lucia D’Ambruoso
University of California in San Francisco 
Sheri Lippman
University of Cambridge, UK
Department of Paediatrics
David Dunger
  Université catholique de Louvain (UCL)
Philippe Bocquier
University College London
Charles Newton
Ed Fottrell
 University of Colorado at Boulder, USA
Institute for Behavioral Sciences
Jane Menken
Jill Williams
Lori Hunter
Department of Sociology
Randall Kuhn
University of Edinburgh, UK
Department of Clinical Neurosciences
Myles Connor
   University of Ghana
Paulinah Tindana
University of Maryland
Sangeetha Madhavan
University of Missouri
Enid Schatz
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Audrey Pettifor
Ohio State University
Samuel Clark
 University of Queen Margaret, Edinburgh
Sophie Witter
University of Warwick, UK
Institute of Health, School of Health and Social Studies
Gillian Hundt
Warwick Medical School
Dr Margaret Thorogood
World Health Organisation
Somnath Chatterjee
Paul Kowal
Vanderbilt University
Carolyn Audet

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Funder Purpose of Funding
South African CORE Funding
Medical Research Council, South Africa Unit Core running and capital funding
Dept. of Science and Technology/SAMRC South African Population Research Infrastructure Network (SAPRIN): Phase 1 to harmonise data from 3 rural HDSSs
Beare Foundation, South Africa Development of rural research infrastructure: Improving health & wellbeing of rural populations
Department of Science and Technology (DST), SA To develop a Knowledge Hub for Rural Development at Wits Rural Campus
South African Funding
National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) A prospective household observational cohort study of Influenza, Respiratory Syncytial virus and other respiratory pathogens community burden and transmission dynamics in South Africa (PHIRST)
National Research Foundation, SA A study of community engagement in Agincourt longitudinal health and socio-demographic research
MRC / Department of Health, South Africa Programme for the Economic Evaluation of Maternal and Child Health Interventions (PEECHi)
International CORE Funding
The Wellcome Trust, UK A life course approach to preventing cardiometabolic disease and enhancing wellbeing in a rapidly transitioning African setting. Grant 085477/B/08/Z
International Project Funding
Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Wellcome Trust, Department for International Development (DfID) Verbal Autopsy with Participatory Action Research (VAPAR): expanding the knowledge base through partnerships for action on health equity
National Institutes of Health (NIH), USA Multilevel Mechanisms of HIV Acquisition in Young South African Women. Grant 1R01MH110186-01
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human                       Development, NIH Migration, Urbanization and Health in a Transitional Setting. Grant: 1R01HD083374-01A1
UKMRC, DfID, Wellcome Trust Joint Clinical Trials Scheme Feasibility and pilot study of a complex community intervention to reduce the wide variance in body mass index in rural adolescents and thus future and intergenerational risk for Type 2 diabetes
National Institutes of Health (NIH), USA Activating Treatment as Prevention through Community Mobilization in South Africa


Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Understanding the risk profile of young women’s male partners in rural South Africa
Population Council, USA Does Shifting Gender Norms on the Community Level Lead to Increased HIV Services Uptake?
National Institutes of Health (NIH), USA Innovations in HIV testing to enhance care for young women and their partners. Grant R01HD083033
National Institutes of Health, USA Genomic and environmental risk factors for cardiometabolic disease in Africans.  Grant no 3U54HG006938-03S1 (supplementary award)
Wellcome Trust, UK International Engagement Award Research IS Relevant to Rural Adolescents and their Educators
National Institute on Aging, NIH, USA An innovative, language controlled, tablet-based cognitive test: harmonizing dementia screening across high and low literacy countries. Grant 1RO1AG051144-01
National Human Genome Research Institute, NIH, USA Genomic and environmental risk factors for cardiometabolic disease in Africans. Grant 1U54HG006938-01 (Wits-INDEPTH
National Institute on Aging, NIH, USA Health and Aging in Africa: Longitudinal Studies in INDEPTH Communities (HAALSI). Grant P01-AG041710
William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, USA Demography and Population Studies in the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
UK MRC Treating hypertension in rural SA: Comparative effectiveness of two different patient outreach models
NIAD, NIH, USA HPTN068: Effects of cash transfer for the prevention of HIV in young South African women. Supplement to 1R01MH087118-05
National Institutes of Health (NIH), USA Effects of cash transfer and community mobilization in young South African women.  Grant 1R01MH0871 18-01
The International Development Research Centre, Canada The economic and health impacts of legislative and fiscal policies to improve nutrition in South Africans.
National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases, NIH, USA Effects of Cash Transfer and Community Mobilization in Young South African Women
The Wellcome Trust, UK Health, population and social transitions in rural South Africa: Elucidating pathways and testing interventions. Grant 085477/Z/08/Z
National Institute on Aging, NIH, USA Partnership for Social Science Research in South Africa’s Era of ART rollout, Grant 5R24AG032112-03
William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, USA Demography and Population Studies in the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
National Institute of Mental Health, NIH, USA Effects of Cash Transfer and Community Mobilization in Young South African Women
Council for Scientific and Industrial Research/Swiss Tropical Institute Analysis of geographical patterns of malaria transmissions and mortality in Africa using Bayesian spatio-temporal modeling
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Priority Cost Effectiveness Lessons for Systems Strengthening (part of the Disease Control Priorities Network – DCPN)
Wellcome Trust, UK Studies on the Epidemiology of Epilepsy in Demographic Surveillance Systems (SEEDS)
National Institute on Aging, USA Partnership for social science AIDS research in South Africa’s era of ART Rollout