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
Eric Maimela
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
South African Population Research Infrastructure Network (SAPRIN)
Kobus Herbst

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
David Canning
Julia Rohr
Till Bärnighausen
Peter Byass
  INDEPTH-Network, International
Dr Ibrahim Abubakar
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
Manhiҫa Health Research Centre (CISM) and Centre for African Studies at Eduardo Mondlane
Ariel Nhacolo
University of Surrey
Prof Malcolm von Schantz
Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Prof Anne Cappola
Trials for Older People, Newcastle University; National Specialty Head for Ageing, National Institute for Health Research, Clinical Research Network, UK
Prof Miles Witham
Sociology and Public Affairs, Princeton University, USA
Dr Sanyu Mojola
ALPHA Network
Prof Basia Zaba
Prof Georges Reniers

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Funder Grant desctiption or Project name Duration
South African Core Funding

South African Medical Research Council Unit Core running and capital funding
Deptartment of Science and Innovation/South African Medical Research Council 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 Innovation (DSI), SA To develop a Knowledge Hub for Rural Development at Wits Rural Campus
South African Funding

South African Medical Research Council Integrating case-finding for endocrine and metabolic diseases into rural primary care-a pilot study 01 April 2019 – 30 November 2020
South African Medical Research Council Digital delivery of Behavioural Activation to overcome depression and facilitate social and Economic Transitions of Adolescents in South Africa 01 January 2019 – 30 April 2022
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

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine Understanding non-communicable diseases (NCD) and the role of infection in Africa: building a partnership to generate big data 22 February 2018 – 31 January 2019
National Institutes of Health Innovations in HIV testing to enhance care for young women and their partners 16 April 2014 – 28 February 2019
The Population Council SOAR: Supporting Operational AIDS Research 15 September 2015 – 30 June 2019
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine Verbal Autopsy: Reimagining data and automated cause assignment (using ALPHA Network data) 29 May 2018 – 30 June 2019
National Institutes of Health and UCSF University California – San Francisco Understanding Loss to Care Following Pregnancy 08 May 2017 – 30 November 2019
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The Agency Understanding the risk profile of young women`s male partners in rural South Africa 01 August 2016 – 31 December 2019
University of Aberdeen Extending verbal autopsy: developing routine field surveillance methods 11 January 2019 – 31 December 2019
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Multilevel Mechanism of HIV Acquisition in Young South African Women 01 April 2016 – 31 January 2020
National Institute of Aging, National Institutes of Health Health and Aging in Africa: A longitudinal study of an INDEPTH community in South Africa(HAALSI) 30 September 2017 – 31 May 2020
NIH – Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research, University of Ghana Developing best practice of Community Engagement for Genomics and Biobanking in Africa CEBioGEN 01 July 2019 – 30 June 2020
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine HIV incidence trends and risk factors to describe patterns and risk for HIV incidence in selected communities in Southern and Eastern Africa 01 October 2018 – 30 September 2020
National Institute for Communicable Diseases The burden of influenza, RSV and other respiratory pathogens in hospitalised infants aged <1 year in South Africa (Infant Burden Study) 01 Mar 2017 – 31 December 2020
National Institutes of Health The Complexity of Informal Caregiving for Alzheimers Disease and Related Dementias in Rural South Africa 30 September 2019 – 31 May 2021
University of Michigan PSA between Agincourt and Regents of University of Michigan – To extract data from relational database of Agincourt Health & demographic Surveillance System and link data to the main studies of the HIV>40 project 01 November 2017 – 31 July 2021
Brown University Migration, Urbanization and Health in a Transition Setting 01 May 2017 – 31 December 2021
National Institute of Health Endocrine and Metabolic disease in rural South Africa – establishing burden and improving detection 22 August 2017 – 31 May 2022