South Africa: Poverty, Inequality, and Health

From 1999-2006, we collected data using integrated health and economic surveys in South Africa, to investigate the links between health status and economic status. Our survey instruments collected data on a range of traditional and non-traditional measures of well-being including income and consumption, measures of health status (including mental health), morbidity, crime, social connectedness, intra-household relationships, and direct hedonic measures of well-being. From 2002-2005, we collected data in Limpopo Province, at the Agincourt Demographic Surveillance Site, and in Khayelitsha, a township outside Cape Town, through the auspices of Philani Nutrition and Development Project. In 2006, we collected a fourth wave of data for the Cape Area Panel Study (CAPS), with researchers from the University of Cape Town and the University of Michigan. This work was funded by the National Institutes of Health. The data we collected are publicly available through DataFirst at the University of Cape Town:

Our Work in South Africa

Agincourt Field Site

Khayelitsha Field Site

Research Team


Philani Nutrition Centres