South Africa

The partnerships in South Africa have evolved into one of the most inclusive, diverse, and interdisciplinary collaborations on Grounds. 


Current Projects

The Community Health in Limpopo (CHIL) projects are community health-focused research conducted in Limpopo Province, South Africa.

PureMadi is an interdisciplinary collaboration of students and faculty at the University of Virginia partnering with the University of Venda, Rotary International, and developing-world communities in Limpopo Province, South Africa, to provide sustainable solutions to global water problems.

Professional nurses discussing palliative care practices

The purpose of this study is to describe the cultural context of death and dying in SA and to describe the palliative care practices and self-reported competencies in these practices by Community Health Workers (CHWS) and Professional Nurses in the Vhembe District in Limpopo Province, South Africa. 

This CHIL project will address a critical issue affecting the health of university students in South Africa: alcohol-related sexual risk.


The University of Venda is located in Thohoyandou, Limpopo Province, South Africa. Limpopo is the northernmost province in South Africa and is roughly the size of Pennsylvania.