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South Africa - Agincourt Health and Socio-Demographic Surveillance System


General Info
Coverage type 
Time period covered 
01/1992 - present
Series or system 
Demographic Surveillance System (DSS)
Data type
Demographic surveillance:
  • Household
  • Individual
  • Interview
  • Longitudinal

The Agincourt Health and Demographic Surveillance System (HDSS) was established in 1992 and it covers 420 square kilometers in the Agincourt district. The district is located in the Mpumalanga province, a semi-arid rural region close to the border with Mozambique. The system records births, deaths, pregnancies, and migrations of household members. Agincourt HDSS is a member of the INDEPTH network and it utilizes INDEPTH standardized verbal autopsy tools.

In 2015, the INDEPTH Data Repository released an under 5 mortality dataset for Agincourt.

Suggested citation 

MRC/Wits Rural Public Health and Health Transitions Research Unit (Agincourt), INDEPTH. South Africa - Agincourt Health and Socio-Demographic Surveillance System.