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Cape Town Surveillance through Healthcare Action Research Project (C-SHARP)

Cape Town Surveillance through Healthcare Action Research Project (C-SHARP) – forms part of an existing network HDSS research nodes.

The vision of this project is to improve the well-being of citizens, directly and indirectly, by operating effectively in a multi-stakeholder environment, tightly integrating service delivery activities and routine administrative information systems and create a platform for research and service innovation. There are three existing HDSS nodes in South Africa, namely, MRC/Wits University Agincourt HDSS in Bushbuckridge District, Mpumalanga, established in 1992; University of Limpopo DIMAMO HDSS in the Capricorn District of Limpopo, established in 1996; and the Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI) HDSS in uMkhanyakude District, KwaZulu-Natal, established in 2000, linked to the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Building on the strengths of the existing nodes, this project is a harmonized network of population-based cohorts with data that are made accessible for the research community and national policy makers.

Provides a platform to understand the socio-economic wellbeing of poorer urban communities, explore important demographic trends (e.g., in fertility, adult and child mortality, and marriage), and enable comparative analyses with other urban nodes as they become established in South Africa.

⦁ Provides the research infrastructure to attract future intervention research to generate evidence that informs policy on pressing urban issues such as unemployment, poverty, economic inequality, gender-based violence, and poor education outcomes.
⦁ Promotes interdisciplinary research and provides a strong basis for policy engagement and impact.


Implementation Sites:

  • Nomzamo and
  • Bishop Lavis

Partners: SAPRIN, SAMRC, HSRC, UCT, UWC, Stellenbosch University, WCGHW Masincedane and Caring Networks.

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