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South Africa Plans Health Study to Track Half a Million People

October 6, 2016

(Nature) – South Africa’s government has announced that it will expand the country’s existing demographic studies to create a project that will be the largest of its kind in Africa – tracking the health, income, and educational attainment of around 1% of South Africa’s population. The Department of Science and Technology estimates that it will put 264 million rand (US$19 million) into the demographic project over the next five years, which will eventually cover at least half a million people. It has secured the funding for its first three years; the rest will need to be allocated in future government budgets.

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