Who We Are

Prevention Research for Community, Family and Child Health is a research group housed within the Department of Psychology at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. We implement, manage and evaluate projects across sub-Saharan Africa, with the common aim of trying to improve the mental health and wellbeing of children and families in the communities in which we work.

Map and Project Photos

Our Aim

We are in the business of trying to provide evidence about what works when it comes to improving infant, child, maternal and family health in our setting, and other similar low-resource communities across the sub-continent. This means that, through rigorous research, we strive to address issues such as early child development, maternal depression, HIV/AIDS, alcohol abuse, and infant and child health.

Where We Work

Although we started out in South Africa, we are now working in Mozambique, Kenya, Uganda, and Lesotho. Our largest research teams are based in Khayelitsha, a semi-urban area near Cape Town in the Western Cape, the OR Tambo district in the Eastern Cape, and in Mokhotlong, Lesotho.  Our researchers and aligned scholars represent Prevention Research in all four corners of the globe, at conferences, on committees, and as advisors to large international bodies such as the World Health Organization.

The Partnership for Alcohol and AIDS Intervention Research (PAAIR)

Forming a core part of our work is the Partnership for Alcohol and AIDS Intervention Research (PAAIR).  This exciting initiative of Stellenbosch University and the University of California Los Angeles aims to develop research capacity in alcohol and HIV intervention research. PAAIR works to develop research partnerships with community and government partners, and to support emerging and experienced investigators at Stellenbosch University, and related South African institutions. Amongst its contributions to research and practice in this area, PAAIR has been instrumental in developing a growing community of researchers focused on these issues.

Our Funders

Our projects are funded by:

  • Ilifa Labantwana
  • DG Murray Trust
  • Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA)
  • Grand Challenges Canada
  • National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
  • National Institute National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
  • National Research Foundation (NRF)
  • Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR)
  • Conrad Hilton Foundation
  • DST-NRF Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Human Development
  • USB Optimus
  • SVRI at the Medical Research Council