Agincourt HDSS

School of Public Health - University of Witwatersrand
South Africa
Population: 
115 000

The Agincourt HDSS, located in rural northeast South Africa close to the Mozambique border, provides the foundation for the Rural Public Health and Health Transitions Research Unit of the Medical Research Council (MRC) and University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa (the MRC/Wits-Agincourt Unit). Its origins lie in the university’s ‘Health Systems Development Unit’ that in the early 1990s focused on district health systems development, sub-district health centre networks and referral systems and training of clinically oriented primary health care nurses. The Agincourt HDSS was a founding member of NDEPTH and provides leadership to INDEPTH multi-centre initiatives in adult health and ageing and migration and health.