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Dear Centre Leaders,
We hope you have had a good week.
We have the following items for your attention:
  • INDEPTH on 2016 WED: Humans, animals, environment are linked
  • WHO official visits Secretariat for health observatory project
  • iSHARE 2 and OpenHDS training workshop held in Dubai
  • Dissemination durbars held to end EMBRACE project
  • Solar-powered ‘laboratory-in-a-suitcase’ effectively detects kala-azar -  icddr,b study
  • The scarcity of reliable and routine health data is harming us
1. INDEPTH on 2016 WED: Humans, animals, environment are linked
Through its working group on Environment and Health, INDEPTH is promoting the concept of ‘one world one health’ reflecting on the fact that humans, animals and the environment are inextricably linked, each needs equal attention to ensure optimal health for all.

This was said by Dr. Ali Sie, the Leader of INDEPTH Network  Environment and Health Group in a statement on behalf of the Network to mark the World Environment Day (WED), which is commemorated globally on June 5 every year. Dr. Sie is also the Centre Leader for Nouna Health Research Centre, an INDEPTH member in Burkina Faso.  
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2. WHO official visits Secretariat for health observatory project
The picture shows Sackey (middle-first row) with the INDEPTH ED, Prof. Sankoh (left - second row); INDEPTH staff Samuelina Arthur (left - first row), Dr. Martin Bangha (middle - second row) Dr. Mamusu Kamanda (right - first row) and Titus Tei (right - second row).  
 The INDEPTH Executive Director, Prof. Osman Sankoh, today met an official from  WHO Ghana Country Office, Ben Benasco Sackey, for discussion on potential collaboration on the establishment of National Health Observatory (NHO) for Ghana.

 "The establishment of the NHO can be used to promote equity, transparency and accountability of using evidence for health decision making as emphasised by the post MDGs agenda," said Sackey.
3.  iSHARE 2 and OpenHDS training workshop held in Dubai
A section of participants with facilitators.
The INDEPTH Data Management Programme (IDMP) - iSHARE2 Training Workshop 5 took place in Dubai, UAE from 9 – 22 May 2016.

In all 31 participants including seven Centre Leaders took part in the training programme.
The workshop was to prepare iSHARE2 member sites to use Centre-in-a-Box (CiB) research data management appliance to extract, quality assure, document, share and analyse the INDEPTH Core Micro Dataset. It also provided the opportunity for the data on the INDEPTH Data Repository to be upgraded with new datasets on July 1st 2016. Read more
News from our member centres
1. Dissemination durbars held to end EMBRACE project
The Director of NHRC, Dr. Abraham Oduro presenting a bar of soap to a beneficiary .
The Regional Director of Health Services for the Upper East Region, Dr. Kofi Issah, has expressed appreciation to the Navrongo Health Research Centre (NHRC) for her collaborative efforts in the field of health research which has led to improvement of the health status of majority of people in the Northern part of the country. 

He said this at separate durbars of chiefs and people held at Manyoro and Kayoro traditional areas in the Kassena-Nankana Municipal and Kassena-Nankana West District of the Upper East Region on 24th and 27th May 2016 respectively to disseminate findings of the Ensure Mothers and Babies Regular Access to Care (EMBRACE) project which was carried out by the NHRC. Read more
2. Solar-powered ‘laboratory-in-a-suitcase’ effectively detects kala-azar -  icddr,b study
A solar-powered mobile suitcase laboratory, used in an icddr,b study to detect the parasite causing kala-azar or visceral leishmaniasis, has been shown to be as accurate as laboratory tests.
If these findings are confirmed in a larger field trial, the ‘laboratory-in-a-suitcase’ could be an ideal tool for detecting leishmania donovani (LD), and support ongoing efforts to eradicate the parasite from countries in South Asia. 
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3. The scarcity of reliable and routine health data is harming us
Djesika Amendah – The writer
Evidence-based policy is the latest fashionable imperative in the development world, particularly in the health sector. It requires health policies to be based on data to inform policies that are predicated on real knowledge of what works – and what doesn’t.

But to develop the evidence base, researchers need a reliable, robust and consistent source of good-quality data. And in Kenya, much like elsewhere in sub-Saharan Africa, this is far from a foregone conclusion. There is not nearly enough publicly available routine quality health data, which means that everyone – both researchers and policymakers – are at a distinct disadvantage when it comes time for decision-making. Read more
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