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Jocelyn Anstey Watkins

Post-doctoral researcher investigating the determinants of appropriate antibiotic access, provision and use in rural South Africa

Contact me:

j . watkins . 1 (@) warwick. ac. uk

Paper published from Wellcome Trust funded project:
Rural South African Community Perceptions of Antibiotic Access and Use: Qualitative Evidence from a Health and Demographic Surveillance System Site. 
Watkins JA, Wagner F, Gómez-Olivé FX, Wertheim H, Sankoh O, Kinsman J.
The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 2019 Jun 5;100(6):1378–90.

Blog post

Talk on antibiotic use in SA

About me

-Jocelyn approaches antimicrobial research (AMR) from a social science perspective, focusing on the interactions between patients and the health system, healthcare-seeking behaviour, social and technological change, and by using realist synthesis.
-She conducts mixed-methods research with a regional focus on Southern Africa, predominately using qualitative methodology.
-Current research activities include interviews and surveys with patients and health-workers to understand rural healthcare-seeking behaviour in the context of antibiotic use in rural South Africa (Please read more about the ABACUS study below).
-She gained her PhD in Health Science at Warwick (2016) in the use of mobile health for patients and health-workers in rural South Africa. For more information click here:


-Dr. F. Xavier Gómez-Olivé, Research Manager, Deputy Leader HIV and Chronic Care, Deputy Leader Adult Health and Well-being, MRC/Wits Rural Public Health and Health Transitions Research Unit (Agincourt), School of Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.

-Prof John Kinsman, Researcher at Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine
Epidemiology and Global Health, 9B, ingång X5 Norrlands universitetssjukhus
Epidemiologi och global hälsa, Umeå universitet 901 87 Umeå SE.

-Dr Deirdre Hollingsworth, Nuffield Department of Medicine | University of Oxford
Big Data Institute | Li Ka Shing Centre for Health Information and Discovery
Old Road Campus | Headington | Oxford | OX3 7LF

- Prof Matt Keeling, Professor Joint appointment with Life Sciences Director of Zeeman Inst. (SBIDER) Deputy Director MathSys CDT. Office: Senate House 335.



The overall aim of the project is to compare community-based antibiotic access and consumption practices across a range of low and middle-income countries (LMICs) in Asia and Africa in order to inform the design of, and identify targets for community-based intervention strategies that may be used to promote rational antibiotic use. This project provides a standardized framework for appraising current antibiotic use patterns, demand and access, which may subsequently be used in other LMICs.

Fieldwork will take place at the Agincourt, MRC/Wits Rural Public Health and Health Transitions Research Unit in north east South Africa.