Friday Newsletter from the Secretariat
9th October 2015

Dear Centre Leaders,
Greetings from the INDEPTH Secretariat. We hope you have had a good week.

We have the following items for your attention:

1. Five more INDEPTH HDSSs to use OpenHDS as Data Management platform

Participants at the OpenHDS training session

Five more HDSSs in Ethiopia will by the end of a ten-day training programme join four other INDEPTH Centres on OpenHDS for data capture and management.

This is a follow-up on the exposition of the OpenHDS, an INDEPTH Management Programme in November, last year.
The success stories of the other centres that are currently using OpenHDS have contributed to this decision.

The trainers, Nicolas Maire and Aureilio from Swiss TPH will take the participants through a thorough setup and testing process. The training which commenced on Monday, 5 October will end on 15 October 2015.  

OpenHDS is an Open source platform for managing data. It is based on on many of the concepts in HRS2 a data mangement platform common with many of the INDEPTH centres.It was first deployed in Cross River, Nigeria. Other centres currently using OpenHDS are Manhica - Mozambique, Ifakara - Tanzania and Nanoro - Burkina Faso.

2. Prof. IJsselmuiden is ISC Independent Assessor

 The Executive Director of the Geneva-based Council on Health Research for Development (COHRED), Prof. Carel  IJsselmuiden, will be an independent Assessor at the INDEPTH Scientific Conference (ISC 2015) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in November.

Carel is a public health physician and epidemiologist. He has worked in rural medicine, peri-urban and urban health care and environmental health services, as well as in academic public health education and research ethics training. He has also published in various areas in applied research and public health.

Carel was the founding Director of the University of Pretoria's School of Health Systems and Public Health until his appointment as COHRED Director in January 2004.

COHRED is an international non-governmental organisation whose primary objective is to strengthen research for health and innovation systems, with a focus on low- and middle-income countries.

COHRED supports countries to use research for health and innovation to improve health and reduce health inequities; improve health sector performance and accountability; encourage donor alignment and harmonisation; link research for health with science, technology and innovation and generate economic and social prosperity.

3. Call for expression of interest & vacancies at IDRC

Regional Forum on "Greening industries and green entrepreneurship promotion as a driver of sustainable and inclusive growth in rural Africa"
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·     Senior Program Specialist-Centre of Excellence Civil Registration and Vital Statistics, Maternal and Child Health
·     Bilingual Communications and Media Relations Officer


4. Registration open for short courses and master programmes in 2016 at KIT (Royal Tropical Institute)

  • Netherlands Course in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (NTC)

This course provides essential preparation for medical doctors, nurses, midwives and other health professionals who intend to work in low- and middle-income countries or societies.
Duration 3 months, runs twice a year
More information:

  • Master in International Health

This course is a flexible, modular programme that aims to develop the capacity of professionals to work at the interface of international organisations and national health systems. The Netherlands Course in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene is the core course of this master programme.

  • Control strategies for communicable and non-communicable diseases

This course is designed to help disease control officers retain the strength of their programmes while moving towards more integrated and sector-wide approaches.

  • Using Geographic information systems in disease control programs (GIS)

This course gives an introduction to the use of GIS in disease control programmes and provides knowledge and basic skills on how GIS can be used for disease control, focusing on the epidemiological assessment of disease burden and the improvement of programmatic planning and management.

5. ISC/AGM 2015 Registration

All sites/centres that have not registered for the ISC 2015 are encouraged to do so.

The ISC will take place from 11 - 13, November 2015 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Arrival: 10 November 2015, Departure : 14 November 2015
Annual General Meeting: 14 November 2015 for Centre Leaders (Departure : 15 November 2015)

The registration link is
Please note that it is a membership requirement to attend the AGM in Addis Ababa.

Programme: Please see the draft programme of the ISC/AGM 2015 attached and kindly circulate.  Note that we have scheduled special sessions for editors of world’s leading health and scientific journals.You can also download here.

News from our member centres

1. MRC presents assets to the MOHSW

The Gambian Medical Research Council (MRC) recently handed over equipment to the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW) bought through the Global Fund.

The MRC’s Global Fund Program entitled “Strengthening and Expansion of DOTS Services in The Gambia “was implemented in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, through the National Leprosy and TB Programme. As part of the programmewhich started in July 2010, the MRC conducted a number of operational research projects the most prominent of which was the survey of TB prevalence (GAMSTEP) in the country. MRC runs Farafenni HDSS, a member of the INDEPTH Network.

In another development,  the Gambia Government/MRC Joint Committee, which was formed in 1955, convened on 30th September 2015 at MRC Unit, in Fajara to discuss scientific developments in The Gambia, in consultation with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW), Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology and representatives from the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital, National Public Health Labs, United Nations Development Programme, United Nations and World Health Organisation.

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2. KEMRI researcher among leading scientists to drive Africa's research agenda

Seven leading African researchers are the recipients of major funding from the Wellcome Trust and the Department for International Development (DFID) to establish cutting-edge research and training programmes across the continent.

The DELTAS Africa programmes establish world-class research environments at African universities with a strong focus on creating training opportunities for the next generation of researchers. Many of the awards allow research to be carried out where the health challenges are greatest, for example genetic analysis of drug-resistant malaria across East and West Africa, developing mental health programmes in countries where there is little or no investment, and locally relevant research into zoonotic infectious diseases.

One of the recipients is Dr Samson M Kinyanjui from KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme in Kenya whose £8 million award is for the Initiative to Develop African Research Leaders (IDeAL).

This new, long-term strategy for funding African science, which has its centre of gravity and decision making process based firmly in the continent, is aimed at supporting the next generation of researchers to conduct relevant research and, as a result, more effectively improve human health.

In total, the DELTAS Africa scheme will award over £46 million (approximately $70 million US dollars) over an initial period of five years. The programmes are led from universities and research institutes in Ghana, Kenya, Mali, South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe. All the programmes involve collaboration across the continent, including between French-speaking and English-speaking countries, and with international research centres.

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Thank you.

Have a restful weekend!

Becky Kwei

Quick links
  • Call Extended: 2015 ADDRF Fellowships for Doctoral Research on HIV/AIDS Prevention and
    Vaccine Trials in
    West Africa - read more
  • INDEPTH Resident Research Fellows (IRRF) Competition 2015 - read more
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