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Dr Nancy Phaswana-Mafuya

Research Director, Human Sciences Research Council

Research Director, Human Sciences Research Council


Human Sciences Research Council

PO Box 34115

Newton Park


Republic of South Africa





Dr Phaswana-Mafuya is the Research Director of the HSRC and leading the first ever nationally representative epidemiological survey on ageing and health in South Africa. She holds a degree in Social Work, a Masters in Social Work – Gerontology and a PhD in Injury Prevention, obtained from the University of the North, South Africa. Dr Phaswana-Mafuya also completed a number of professional courses in data analysis packages as well as other professional courses. She furthermore has served as PI and Co-PI on approximately 15 projects in the past 5 years, serves as external examiner for 5 tertiary institutions and also as review panel member of 5 peer reviewed journals.


Key research/capacity building interests


Research Interests

  • Ageing and health survey– epidemiological survey on ageing and health covering various health domains including non-communicable chronic diseases
  • Health Systems – research on health services needs and health system responsiveness especially non-communicable chronic diseases among ageing population
  • Health Promotion Interventions – implementation of chronic disease health promotion interventions among the ageing population
  • Patient Satisfaction Surveys – research to determine level of satisfaction with health services, especially with chronic diseases’ health services
  • Health care quality – research to improve quality of health services

Capacity Building Interests

  • Mentoring

Key methodological skills

  • Experienced in qualitative, quantitative, national survey, intervention, evaluation and desktop research methods as well as ethnographic studies

Current/planned research

  • National Ageing and Health Survey in South Africa – data analysis, report writing and dissemination
  • Collaborative project on epidemiological modelling of chronic non-communicable diseases.
  • Collaborative project on non-communicable chronic diseases research training

Current interest in capacity building

  • To develop research capacity for non-communicable chronic disease research training.