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Action from the Tsima project

Tsima Community Mobilizers and volunteer Community Action Team members held a “Fun Day” in MP Stream in February 2018 where they provided car washes and conducted HIV testing and education for community members. The Tsima projected ended in July 2018 and we await the outcome of the trial, which was looking

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Video about the work of the unit

Watch this 5 minute video outlining the work of the unit and how it has confronted complex health challenges in rural South Africa over the past 25 years – you might be in it https://youtu.be/F18QotW8mZs

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Verbal Autopsy with Participatory Action Research (VAPAR): Expanding the knowledge base through partnerships for action on health equity VAPAR @ Fifth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research Liverpool 8 – 12 October 2018

Denny Mabetha, Dr Wariri Oghenebrume, Eilidh Cowan and Lisa Thomas all made contributions from VAPAR to the Health Systems Research conference this year (http://healthsystemsresearch.org/hsr2018). The MRC/Wits-Agincourt Unit is particularly proud of Denny, our VAPAR Project Coordinator’s contribution: ‘Water is life’: working with communities to develop local knowledge for action to address

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DR Chodziwadziwa Whiteson Kabadula now!

On the 5th July 2018, Cho became Dr Chodziwadziwa Whiteson Kabudula.  Very well done on graduating Dr Kabadula.  His PhD by publication is titled ” Changes in Mortality Patterns and Associated Socioeconomic Differentials in a Rural South African Setting: Findings from Population Surveillance in Agincourt, 1993-2013″.  The papers that were published as part of this

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Preparations for annual community feedback underway

This fact sheet contains basic population information about people living in the MRC/Wits-Agincourt Unit HDSS study area using data from the 2016 and 2017 annual update. As part of our annual feedback to the community, each household will receive a sheet like this with information specific to the village in

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OUR DIRECTOR PROF STEVE TOLLMAN WINS A ‘SCIENCE OSCAR’

Steve Tollman won the Science and Research Management Award at the 20th annual National Science and Technology Forum – South23 award ceremony in Johannesburg on the 28th June 2018.   We all agree that this is very well-deserved, given for establishing a high functioning research and data infrastructure to bridge the

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Halala Dr Limbani obtained his Doctorate Degree at Wits

Dr Felix Limbani obtained his Doctorate Degree at Wits on the 8th December 2017 – in very good time!  His work is titled “A realist evaluation of a clinic based Lay Health Worker intervention to improve the management of hypertension in rural South Africa”. Well done Dr Limbani – we at the

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9 people from each SAPRIN node meet to discuss a way forward

9 people from each of the three South African Population Research Infrastructure Network (SAPRIN) met with the 3 SAPRIN full time staff to learn from each other, and to discuss plans for field operations, data operations and public engagement in each site, aiming for maximum possible harmonisation.  The workshop was

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