Dr Nellie Myburgh

Head Anthropologist


Dr Nellie Domica Myburgh is the Head of Anthropology at Wits VIDA. She is a sociologist by training and obtained her Bachelor of Social Sciences (Sociology) in 1999 and Masters of Arts (Sociology of Health) Degrees at the University of Malawi and later completed her PhD (Sociology) at the University of South Africa.

For the past 20 years she has been working in the field of social science conducting research in various areas of interest including: social, cultural, and economic issues; health (HIV and AIDS, TB; sexual reproductive health and rights; maternal and child health); youth; gender based violence; gender equity and empowerment; socio-economic development; malnutrition; international migration; human rights; social justice; political participation of women, urbanization; and many more. Her research interests include: gender (including equity, empowerment, and gender based violence issues), social development and policy, culture, maternal and child health, child malnutrition, vaccine acceptancy, HIV and AIDS, tuberculosis, agriculture and development, migration, human rights and social justice. Her research specialisation is quantitative, qualitative, anthropological, ethnographical, and participatory research.

At Wits VIDA, Nellie provides social science methodological advice on a number of projects which are currently being undertaken including the Child Mortality Prevention Surveillance (CHAMPS) Programme.


Rees CA; Igunza KA; Madewell ZJ; Akelo V; Onyango D; El Arifeen S; Gurley ES; Hossain MZ; Rahman A; Alam M; Scott JAG; Assefa N; Madrid L; Belachew A; Leulseged H; Kotloff KL; Sow SO; Tapia MD; Keita AM; Sidibe D; Sitoe A; Varo R; Ajanovic S; Bassat Q; Mandomando I; Tippett Barr BA; Ogbuanu I; Cain CJ; Bassey IA; Luke R; Gassama K; Madhi S; Dangor Z; Mahtab S; Velaphi S; du Toit J; Mutevedzi PC; Blau DM; Breiman RF; Whitney CG, 2023. Provider adherence to clinical care recommendations for infants and children who died in seven low- and middle-income countries in the Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance (CHAMPS) network.  EClinicalMedicine 63:102198

Mahtab S; Madewell ZJ; Madhi SA; Wise A; Swart PJ; Velaphi S; Mandomando I; Bramugy J; Mabunda R; Xerinda E; Scott AG; Assefa N; Madrid L; Bweihun M; Temesgen F; Onyango D; Akelo V; Oliech R; Otieno P; Verani JR; Arifeen SE; Gurley ES; Alam M; Rahman A; Hossain MZ; Sow S; Kotloff K; Tapia M; Keita AM; Sanogo D; Ogbuanu I; Ojulong J; Lako S; Ita O; Kaluma E; Wilson T; Mutevedzi P; Barr BAT; Whitney CG; Blau DM; Bassat Q, 2023. Stillbirths and Neonatal Deaths Caused by Group B Streptococcus in Africa and South Asia Identified Through Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance (CHAMPS).  Open Forum Infect Dis 10(9):ofad356

Muthoni J; Otwombe K; Thaele D; Choge I; Steenberg B; Cutland C; Madhi SA; Sokani A; Myburgh N, 2023. COVID-19 Vaccination Hesitancy among Youths in Soweto, South Africa.  Vaccines (Basel) 11.

Myburgh N; Mulaudzi M; Tshabalala G; Beta N; Gutu K; Vermaak S; Lau C; Hill C; Stanberry L; James W; Madhi S; Makadzange T; Dietrich JJ, 2023. A Qualitative Study Exploring Motivators and Barriers to COVID-19 Vaccine Uptake among Adults in South Africa and Zimbabwe.  Vaccines (Basel) 11.

Makadzange AT; Gundidza P; Lau C; Dietrich J; Myburgh N; Elose N; James W; Stanberry L; Ndhlovu C, 2023. Investigating Attitudes, Motivations and Key Influencers for COVID-19 Vaccination Uptake among Late Adopters in Urban Zimbabwe.  Vaccines (Basel) 11.

Steenberg B; Sokani A; Myburgh N; Mutevedzi P; Madhi SA, 2023. COVID-19 Vaccination Rollout: Aspects of Hesitancy in South Africa.  Vaccines (Basel) 11.

Frichembruder K; Antunes DS; Hilgert JB; Naidoo S; Myburgh N; Fisher PD; Hugo FN, 2022. Occurrence of dental emergency events in Primary Health Care services.  Braz Oral Res 36:e133

Makadzange AT; Gundidza P; Lau C; Beta N; Myburgh N; Elose N; James W; Stanberry L; Ndhlovu C, 2022. Vaccine Adverse Events Following COVID-19 Vaccination with Inactivated Vaccines in Zimbabwe.  Vaccines (Basel) 10.

Solanki GC; Myburgh NG; Wild S; Cornell JE; Brijlal V, 2022. Thematic analysis of the challenges and options for the Portfolio Committee on Health in reviewing the National Health Insurance Bill.  S Afr Med J 112(7):456-464

Steenberg B; Myburgh N; Sokani A; Ngwenya N; Mutevedzi P; Madhi SA, 2022. COVID-19 Vaccination Rollout: Aspects of Acceptability in South Africa.  Vaccines (Basel) 10.

Makadzange AT; Gundidza P; Lau C; Dietrich J; Beta N; Myburgh N; Elose N; Ndhlovu C; James W; Stanberry L, 2022. Attitudes to Vaccine Mandates among Late Adopters of COVID-19 Vaccines in Zimbabwe.  Vaccines (Basel) 10.

Coetzee BJ; Loades ME; Human S; Gericke H; Loxton H; Laning G; Myburgh N; Stallard P, 2022. 4 Steps To My Future (4STMF): protocol for a universal school-based pilot and feasibility study of a CBT-based psychoeducational intervention to support psychological well-being amongst young adolescents in the Western Cape, South Africa.  Pilot Feasibility Stud 8(1):99

Chimukuche RS; Ngwenya N; Seeley J; Nxumalo PS; Nxumalo ZP; Godongwana M; Radebe N; Myburgh N; Adedini SA; Cutland C, 2022. Assessing Community Acceptance of Maternal Immunisation in Rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa: A Qualitative Investigation.  Vaccines (Basel) 10.

Mushomi JA; Palattiyil G; Bukuluki P; Sidhva D; Myburgh ND; Nair H; Mulekya-Bwambale F; Tamuzi JL; Nyasulu PS, 2022. Impact of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Crisis on Migrants on the Move in Southern Africa: Implications for Policy and Practice.  Health Syst Reform 8(1):e2019571

Effenberger S; Greenwall L; Cebula M; Myburgh N; Simpson K; Smit D; Wicht MJ; Schwendicke F, 2022. Cost-effectiveness and efficacy of fluoride varnish for caries prevention in South African children: A cluster-randomized controlled community trial.  Community Dent Oral Epidemiol 50(5):453-460

Blau DM; Baillie VL; Els T; Mahtab S; Mutevedzi P; Keita AM; Kotloff KL; Mehta A; Sow SO; Tapia MD; Tippett Barr BA; Oluoch BO; Onyango C; Revathi G; Verani JR; Abayneh M; Assefa N; Madrid L; Oundo JO; Scott JAG; Bassat Q; Mandomando I; Sitoe A; Valente M; Varo R; Bassey IA; Cain CJ; Jambai A; Ogbuanu I; Ojulong J; Alam M; El Arifeen S; Gurley ES; Rahman A; Rahman M; Waller JL; Dewey B; Breiman RF; Whitney CG; Madhi SA, 2021. Deaths Attributed to Respiratory Syncytial Virus in Young Children in High-Mortality Rate Settings: Report from Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance (CHAMPS).  Clin Infect Dis 73(Suppl_3):S218-S228

Johnstone SL; Page NA; Thomas J; Madhi SA; Mutevedzi P; Myburgh N; Herrera C; Groome MJ, 2021. Diarrhoeal diseases in Soweto, South Africa, 2020: a cross-sectional community survey.  BMC Public Health 21(1):1431

Myburgh N; Loxton H; Engels RCME, 2021. Cross-cultural adaptation of an anxiety measure in a disadvantaged South African community context: Methodological processes and findings.  Transcult Psychiatry 58(6):759-771

Godongwana M; Myburgh N; Adedini SA; Cutland C; Radebe N, 2021. Knowledge and attitudes towards maternal immunization: perspectives from pregnant and non-pregnant mothers, their partners, mothers, healthcare providers, community and leaders in a selected urban setting in South Africa.  Heliyon 7(1):e05926

Adedini SA; Thaele D; Sello M; Mutevedzi P; Hywinya C; Ngwenya N; Myburgh N; Madhi SA, 2021. Approaches, achievements, challenges, and lessons learned in setting up an urban-based Health and Demographic Surveillance System in South Africa.  Glob Health Action 14(1):1874138

Antunes DS; Naidoo S; Myburgh N; Hilgert JB; Fisher PD; Hugo FN, 2020. A Framework for Equity Access to Primary Dental Care.  Cien Saude Colet 25(9):3669-3676

Blevins J; O'Mara Sage E; Kone A; Maixenchs M; Raghunathan PL; Guilaze RA; Cossa S; Girma Z; Zegeye Y; Ackley C; Hussain F; Islam S; Myburgh N; Ngwenya N; Madhi SA; Otieno P; Ochola K; Munguambe K; Breiman RF, 2019. Using Participatory Workshops to Assess Alignment or Tension in the Community for Minimally Invasive Tissue Sampling Prior to Start of Child Mortality Surveillance: Lessons From 5 Sites Across the CHAMPS Network.  Clin Infect Dis 69(Suppl 4):S280-S290

O'Mara Sage E; Munguambe KR; Blevins J; Guilaze R; Kosia B; Maixenchs M; Bassat Q; Mandomando I; Kaiser R; Kone A; Jambai A; Myburgh ND; Ngwenya N; Madhi SA; Degefa K; Ackley C; Breiman RF; Raghunathan PL, 2019. Investigating the Feasibility of Child Mortality Surveillance With Postmortem Tissue Sampling: Generating Constructs and Variables to Strengthen Validity and Reliability in Qualitative Research.  Clin Infect Dis 69(Suppl 4):S291-S301

Nkhoma N; Nyondo-Mipando LA; Makanjee C; Myburgh ND; Nyasulu PS, 2019. "What Will I Be Doing There Among So Many Women?": Perceptions on Male Support in Prevention of Mother to Child Services in Lilongwe, Malawi.  Glob Pediatr Health 6:2333794X19865442

Lalloo R; Solanki G; Ramphoma K; Myburgh NG, 2017. Endodontic treatment-related antibiotic prescribing patterns of South African oral health professionals.  Int Endod J 50(11):1027-1033

Lalloo R; Solanki G; Ramphoma K; Myburgh NG, 2017. Antibiotic-prescribing patterns of South African dental practitioners following tooth extractions.  J Investig Clin Dent 8.

Singh S; Myburgh NG; Lalloo R, 2010. Policy analysis of oral health promotion in South Africa.  Glob Health Promot 17(1):16-24

Hobdell M; Tsakos G; Sprod A; Ladrillo TE; Ross MW; Gordon N; Myburgh N; Lalloo R, 2009. Using an oral health-related quality of life measure in three cultural settings.  Int Dent J 59(6):381-8

Solanki GC; Lalloo R; Myburgh NG, 2007. Professionally applied topical fluoride and fissure sealants: matching insurance claims with evidence.  SADJ 62(5):202-5

Naidoo S; Myburgh N, 2007. Nutrition, oral health and the young child.  Matern Child Nutr 3(4):312-21

Temple NJ; Steyn NP; Myburgh NG; Nel JH, 2006. Food items consumed by students attending schools in different socioeconomic areas in Cape Town, South Africa.  Nutrition 22(3):252-8

Chandran R; Lalloo R; Myburgh NG; Chandran TM, 2005. Scientific. Risk of intraoral cancer associated with tobacco and alcohol--a case-control study.  SADJ 60(8):326-8

Myburgh NG; Solanki GC; Smith MJ; Lalloo R, 2005. Patient satisfaction with health care providers in South Africa: the influences of race and socioeconomic status.  Int J Qual Health Care 17(6):473-7

Lalloo R; Myburgh NG; Smith MJ; Solanki GC, 2004. Access to health care in South Africa--the influence of race and class.  S Afr Med J 94(8):639-42

Myburgh NG; Hobdell MH; Lalloo R, 2004. African countries propose a regional oral health strategy: The Dakar Report from 1998.  Oral Dis 10(3):129-37

Hobdell M; Johnson NW; Lalloo R; Myburgh N, 2004. Progress in policy issues to improve oral health in Africa.  Oral Dis 10(3):125-8

Steyn NP; Myburgh NG; Nel JH, 2003. Evidence to support a food-based dietary guideline on sugar consumption in South Africa.  Bull World Health Organ 81(8):599-608

Hobdell MH; Oliveira ER; Bautista R; Myburgh NG; Lalloo R; Narendran S; Johnson NW, 2003. Oral diseases and socio-economic status (SES).  Br Dent J 194(2):91-6; discussion 88

Hobdell MH; Myburgh NG; Kelman M; Hausen H, 2000. Setting global goals for oral health for the year 2010.  Int Dent J 50(5):245-9

Lalloo R; Myburgh NG; Hobdell MH, 1999. Dental caries, socio-economic development and national oral health policies.  Int Dent J 49(4):196-202

Hobdell MH; Lalloo R; Myburgh NG, 1999. The Human Development Index and Per Capita Gross National Product as predictors of dental caries prevalence in industrialized and industrializing countries.  Ann N Y Acad Sci 896:329-31

Hobdell MH; Myburgh NG; Lalloo R; Chikte UM; Owen CP, 1997. Oral disease in Africa: a challenge to change oral health priorities.  Oral Dis 3(4):216-22

Solanki GC; Myburgh N; Moola MH, 1991. Dental caries in black preschool children in Cape Town.  Community Dent Oral Epidemiol 19(3):178-9

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