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Dear Centre Leaders,
In today's newsletter:
  • INDEPTH welcomes new Centre Leader
  • IJE article calls for support to INDEPTH
  • Third African Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity
  • Women in a Maharashtra village are taking health documentation into their own hands
  • Monitoring coverage and use of LLINs at household level
  • Centre Leader wins award
1. INDEPTH welcomes new Centre Leader
INDEPTH Network Centre Leaders’ family has a new member following Dr. John Williams' appointment as the new Director of Dodowa Health Centre, the parent institution of the Dodowa HDSS in Ghana. Dr. Williams takes over from Prof. Margaret Gyapong who is the now the Director of the Centre for Health Policy and Implementation Research, Institute for Health Research at the University of Health and Allied Sciences in Ho, Ghana. Dr. John Williams is a Principal Medical Officer at the Navrongo Health Research Centre (NHRC), another INDEPTH member centre, where he has been working since November 2000.
He had his initial university education at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi (BSc in Human Biology and later an MBChB). He also holds a Master of Arts degree in Population Studies from the University of Ghana, Legon; Master of Public Health degree from the University of the Western Cape in South Africa and a postgraduate diploma in Genitourinary Medicine and Venereology from the University of Liverpool, UK. Read more
2.  IJE article calls for support to INDEPTH
An article in the International Journal of Epidemiology "The future of epidemiology: methods or matter?" gives strong support for INDEPTH Network (see highlighted section). It calls for continued investment in and creation of more INDEPTH HDSS sites as essential for providing real country-specific data, to generate data on risk factors, and to provide community ‘laboratories’ in which interventions and health system programmes can be evaluated and epidemiological training provided. Read more
3. Call for Abstracts:  3rd African Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity
Global Emerging Pathogen Treatment Consortium (GET) in partnership with West African Task Force for Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Disease Outbreaks (WATER), African Gong (AG) and Mothergold (MG) are organizing the 3rd African conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity in Accra Ghana from 16th to 18 August 2017. The conference will be hosted by the NOGUCHI Memorial Institute for Medical Research at the University of Ghana, Legon and the Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research, KCCR, Kumasi Ghana. It is an academic and policy based meeting that will address response mechanism to biological threats and increasing incidences of Emerging Infectious Diseases (EID) from a Continental perspective.  Read more
News from Centres
 1.Vadu HDSS: Women in a Maharashtra village are taking health documentation into their own hands
On the face of it, there’s nothing remarkable about Renuka Dhanak and Archana Shiwale. It is when they are seen at work, measuring health parameters and collecting data in rural households that they, and scores of other like them, stand out as professionals who are also agents of change.

Authentic data is a critical policy input. It stands to reason since no action can be taken without the necessary information of what is required. It is a critical input for all fields and healthcare is no different. This is what Renuka and Archana are doing as part of a Health and Demographic Surveillance Systems or HDSS center at Vadu, a village about 33 km from Pune, in Shirur taluka. Read more
2. Iganga Mayuge HDSS:
Monitoring coverage and use of LLINs at household level

Distribution of Mosquito Nets ownership coverage by location characteristics
Uganda is reported to have highest levels of transmission intensity ranking fourth globally in the estimated number of annual cases of malaria. Malaria is endemic in over 95% of the country making the burden high in many areas, which has led to focus efforts on control and not elimination. Hospital records suggest that malaria is responsible for 30-50 percent of outpatient visits, 15-20 percent of admissions, and 9-14 percent of inpatient deaths. In a bid to reduce the burden of malaria, the Government of Uganda in partnership with other stakeholders has strengthened efforts to increase access to and use of LLINs which are durable and cost effective.
The objective of this work was to describe indicators relating to LLIN ownership, usage and community perception towards insecticide treated nets in the households of Iganga and Mayuge districts and to outline specific recommendations for policy makers two years after universal distribution. Read more
3. Nouna HDSS:
Centre Leader wins award
Nouna Centre Leader Dr. Ali Sie together with Bruno Yempabou Lankoande, a PhD student at the Centre for Demographic Research of the Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium, have won an award from the Bilingual scientific journal, Population for their article "Selective adult migration and urban-rural mortality differentials in Burkina Faso."
Taking the example of Burkina Faso, where massive rural exodus continues to drive the urbanization process, this study tests the net effects of migration on urban-rural mortality differentials among adults aged 15-74. It is based on information collected at two demographic surveillance sites, one in a rural area (Nouna) and one in the city (Ouagadougou). Read more
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