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The University of the Western Cape, and various collaborating universities, are currently conducting a NATIONAL SURVEY commissioned by the National Department of Health.  The survey collects data on dietary intake, anthropometry measurements & general health of the citizens of South Africa.

This is a historical survey; no national data on dietary intake of adults is currently available and the National Food Consumption Survey which documented dietary intake of children 1-9 years, is more than 20 years old.

This study will also include:

Alcohol consumption

Mental health

Oral health


The study will be conducted in 446 enumeration areas (EAs) distributed among all of the provinces according to specific stratification criteria including geographic area (proportionate distribution of metro, non-metro urban and non-metro rural areas), provincial population numbers, population group and wealth category.

our collaborators

our work at schools & ECD’s are also supported by the Department of Basic Education and the department of social development

our fieldworkers

Our fieldworkers are currently working in all the provinces to collect the data for this study. If they are in your area please assist them by sharing some of your time with them to complete the questionnaires, and allow them to do the anthropometric measurements. This study is extremely important to all South Africans.  Understanding the dietary intake and needs in our communities can lead to very important changes to policies towards ensuring good nutrition for all citizens.

Our fieldworkers have identification cards, marked vehicles, as well as documentation from the National Department of Health and the University of the Western Cape. Your assistance would be greatly appreciated!