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: PhD, 2020

Title: Understanding why children under 5 years die at home in rural South Africa.                                                                                                  ..



Jessica Price

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, 2020
Title:  Exploring the relationship between HIV and executive function in adolescents, and testing the feasibility of a music intervention aiming to improve executive function in HIV-positive adolescents in rural South Africa.

Kirsten Rowe