MRC/Wits Rural Public Health and Health Transitions Unit (Agincourt)

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About MRC/Wits-Agincourt Unit

SAMRC/Wits Rural Public Health and Health Transitions Research Unit of Wits’ School of Public Health and SA Medical Research Council, has a field research centre in South Africa’s rural northeast. The Agincourt health and socio-demographic surveillance system, established in 1992, comprises 31 villages and ~120,000 people. This platform links to clinical data from primary care clinics and district hospitals, generating robust data on rapidly transitioning populations. It supports observational and interventional studies across the life course, health systems research and development, and policy evaluations.

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