Working to Advance Health Equity in Africa

Research project

Amajuba Child Health and Wellbeing Research Project (Social Marketing)


A three year (2004-2007) longitudinal quantitative research project, looking at a cohort of school going children. The project began in 2003 as a collaborative initiative of the Center of International Health and Development, Boston University, and HEARD.


• To document the consequences of parental or caregiver death on the health and wellbeing of orphans
• To facilitate the development of a child welfare management plan among government and NGO agencies in the Amajuba district, a peri-rural area in KwaZulu-Natal.

Methodological approach:

Key research questions:
• Document impacts of parental death on wellbeing of children, and other household demographics, in Amajuba District.
• An examination of five domains: education, health and nutrition, household demographics, risky behaviours and overall wellbeing

Key outputs

Journal article

Reardon, C., George,G., Mucheuki,C., Govender, K and Quinlan, T (2015) Psychosocial and health risk outcomes among orphans and non-orphans in mixed households in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa African Journal of AIDS Research, 14:4, 323-331, DOI: 10.2989/16085906.2015.1095774