Injury morbidity surveillance in Nyanga and Khayelitsha in the Western Cape: An ongoing assessment of the injury morbidity burden at health facilities in two high-violence communities

Name of the Project:    

Injury Morbidity Surveillance in Nyanga and Khayelitsha in the Western Cape: An Ongoing Assessment of the Injury Morbidity Burden at Health Facilities in Two High Violence Communities

Description of the Project:         

This is a rapid assessment (RA) of injury morbidity presenting at district-level health services in six facilities across two out of five previously identified high-violence communities in the Western Cape Province, with the aim of establishing a risk profile of injuries presenting in these areas. This will comprise a series of five six-monthly RAs to be conducted over three years (between September 2013 and October 2015) in order to identify high-risk population sub-groups and high-risk areas for injury, and to monitor trends over time. The areas included in this assessment are Khayelitsha and Nyanga and the facilities comprise district-level hospitals and community health centres (CHCs).

This study builds on findings of a previous study “A Rapid Assessment of the Injury Morbidity Burden at the Health Services in three High Violence Communities in the Western Cape” which took place in 2012 that also included Elsies River.

The repeat surveillance also forms part of two IDRC funded studies: “Evaluating the effectiveness of urban upgrading for violence prevention in selected low income communities in the Western Cape Province, South Africa” and “Evaluating the effectiveness of the Western Cape Liquor Act in Khayelitsha, a large low-income community in Cape Town, South Africa”.

Objectives of the Project:           

  • To collect detailed information (basic demographic data, triage code, cause, location, time, details on perpetrator and injury type data) on each trauma case presenting at each of the six health facilities over a one week period;
  • To establish the proportion of injuries in these areas associated with obvious alcohol and or drug use.

Project progress:            

  • Data collection and analysis has been completed for all five phases
  • Write-up of results in progress.


Provincial Government of the Western Cape (PGWC), International Development Research Centre (IDRC) – through a grant to UCT


South African Medical Research Council (MRC)

University of Cape Town(UCT)



Project Director:                                                René English

Project Manager and Senior Researcher:  Linda Mureithi

Research Assistant:                                         Algernon Africa

Status:                                                                   Current


For further information contact the Project Manager, Linda Mureithi at