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Dear Centre Leaders,
In today's newsletter:
  • INDEPTH ED visits top Swiss institutions
  • Application of Ethical Principles to Research using Public Health Data
  • Postgraduate Training Fellowship in Medical Statistics for African Scientists
  • INDEPTH hosts UNFPA- NIDI project official 
  • SLLS Annual International Conference
  • CHILILAB HDSS: Health insurance drop-out among adult population
  • Manhiça HDSS: Poor tuberculosis treatment outcomes in Southern Mozambique 
1. INDEPTH ED visits top Swiss institutions
The INDEPTH Executive Director Prof. Osman Sankoh visited the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) in Basel, Switzerland on 13 January 2017 for a meeting with the director Prof. Jürg Utzinger. Since its founding in 1943, the Swiss TPH has become a world-renowned Institution for teaching, research and services in the field of International Health Development and has been a close partner of INDEPTH in various initiatives. Read more
2.  Application of Ethical Principles to Research using Public Health Data
Evelyn Anane-Sarpong
Existing ethics guidelines, influential literature and policies on ethical research generally focus on real-time data collection from humans. They enforce individual rights and liberties, thereby lowering need for aggregate protections. Although dependable, emerging public health research paradigms like research using public health data (RUPD) raise new challenges to their application. Unlike traditional research, RUPD is population-based, aligned to public health activities, and often reliant on pre-collected longitudinal data. These characteristics, when considered in relation to the generally lower protective ethico-legal frameworks of the Global South, including Africa, highlight ethical gaps. Health and demographic surveillance systems are examples of public health programs that accommodate RUPD in these contexts. 

This study set out to explore the perspectives of professionals with a working knowledge of these systems to determine practical ways of appropriating the foundational principles of health research to advance the ever growing opportunities in RUPD. The publication "Application of Ethical Principles to Research using Public Health Data in The Global South: Perspectives from Africa" presents perspectives and in relation to the literature and ethical analysis, make context relevant recommendations. It further argues for the development of a framework founded on the discussions and recommendations as a minimum base for achieving optimal ethics for optimal RUPD in the Global South. Read more
3. INDEPTH hosts UNFPA- NIDI project official 
On 16 January 2016 Dr. Erik Beekink (pictured) from the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI) in The Hague visited the Resource and Training Centre (iRTC) in Accra for consultations on possible INDEPTH involvement in a family planning project. NIDI is the national demographic institute of the Netherlands and was founded in 1970. NIDI became an institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) in 2003 and is the only social science institute of the Academy. Read more
4. Postgraduate Training Fellowship in Medical Statistics for African Scientists
The MRC Tropical Epidemiology Group (TEG) Training Fellowship in Medical Statistics for African Scientists provides support for two years training in medical statistics. For the first year the successful applicant will study for the MSc degree in Medical Statistics at the London School of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene (LSHTM). This will be followed by a one-year professional attachment at one of the African centres associated with the research programme of the Tropical Epidemiology Group (TEG) at LSHTM. During the professional attachment, training Fellows will develop their statistical and research skills by working on studies with guidance from TEG staff. This support is intended to foster excellence in the field of medical statistics and epidemiology in sub-Saharan Africa. For details click here.
5. Society for Longitudinal and Life Course Studies   (SLLS) Annual International Conference: ‘Multidisciplinary Collaboration in Longitudinal and Lifecourse Research’
Deadline for Submissions: Monday 6 March 2017 

Please mark your calendars for the seventh annual conference of the Although the overall conference theme will focus on multidisciplinary collaboration in longitudinal and lifecourse research this year, we welcome conference submissions from all areas of longitudinal and lifecourse studies. These might include (but are not limited to) physical, psychological, social developmental and ageing processes and functioning within and across lifecourse stages from infancy to old age; methods and findings of cohort studies; other sources of longitudinal data such as panel studies and record linkage;  international comparisons; household, and income dynamics; intergenerational transfers and returns to learning; gene-environment interactions; ‘mixed’, and comparative methods; innovative methodology in design, measurement, data management, analysis and research practice (quantitative and qualitative). Read more
News from Centres
1. CHILILAB HDSS: Health insurance drop-out among adult population
A physician examines an elderly citizen.
The coverage of health insurance as measured by enrollment rates has increased significantly in Vietnam. However, maintaining health insurance to the some groups such as the farmer, the borderline poor and informal workers, etc. has been very challenging. This paper examines the situation of health insurance drop-out among the adult population in sub-rural areas of Northern Vietnam from 2006 to 2013, and analyzes several socio-economic correlates of the health insurance drop-out situation. 

Data used in this paper were obtained from Health and Demographic Surveillance System located in Chi Linh district, an urbanizing area, in a northern province of Vietnam. Descriptive analyses were used to describe the level and distribution of the health insurance drop-out status. The researchers found that the cumulative percentage of health insurance drop-out among the study participants was 21.2%. Health insurance drop-out rates were higher among younger age groups, people with lower education, and those who worked as small trader and other informal jobs, and belonged to the non-poor households. Given the findings, further attention toward health insurance among these special populations is needed.
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2.  Manhiça HDSS: Poor tuberculosis treatment outcomes in Southern Mozambique 
A researcher at Manhica Health Research Centre.
In Mozambique, there is limited data regarding the monitoring of Tuberculosis (TB) treatment results and determinants of adverse outcomes under routine surveillance conditions. The objectives of this study were to evaluate treatment outcomes among TB patients, analyze factors associated with a fatal outcome and determine the proportion of deaths attributable to TB in the district of Manhiça, Southern Mozambique.This study shows a very high proportion of fatal outcomes among TB cases starting treatment. There is a high contribution of TB to the overall causes of mortality. These results call for action in order to improve TB (and TB/HIV) management and thus treatment outcomes of TB patients. Read more
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