Mzantsi Wakho is a research collaboration about youth health in South Africa.

Mzantsi Wakho (‘Your South Africa’) is based in the Amathole District of the Eastern Cape. Its academic homes are Universities of Cape Town and Oxford. The study seeks to answer several research questions about youth health, with a focus on medicines-taking and sexual and reproductive health. It uses multiple methods and data sources to identify and investigate risk and resilience-promoting
factors, through linked qualitative and quantitative studies.

Latest News


May 16, 2017

Mzantsi Wakho team presenting at INTEREST 2017 conference in Lilongwe, Malawi.

TAG Weekend Held

May 2, 2017

On 2 – 5 February 2017, colleagues from Mzantsi Wakho and Young Carers held a weekend workshop with the Teen Advisory Group.

Vacancy: Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the AIDS and Society Research Unit, Centre for Social Science Research

October 24, 2016

The AIDS and Society Research Unit (ASRU) at the Centre for Social Science Research (CSSR) invites applications for a postdoctoral fellowship for a suitably qualified individual to join a research project on adolescent health in South Africa. Read the application PDF here.

Phasa 2016

September 19, 2016

Mzantsi Wakho team and SASH fellows presenting at PHASA conference in East London.

Latest Publications

Changing donor funding and the challenges of integrated HIV treatment

Nicoli Nattrass, Rebecca Hodes and Lucie Cluver

Babies for bling: Are teenage girls having children to access grants?

Rebecca Hodes, Elona Toska and Lesley Gittings

Resourcing resilience: social protection for HIV prevention amongst children and adolescents in Eastern and Southern Africa

Elona Toska, Lesley Gittings, Rebecca Hodes, Lucie Cluver, Kay Govender, K. Emma Chademana and Vince Evans Gutiérrez

Get in touch

East London Office

  +27 (0) 43 721 1716.

For UCT enquiries:

  +27 (0) 21 650 4656
  Nondumiso Hlwele <>

For Oxford enquiries:

Department of Social Policy and Intervention