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Dear Centre leaders,
Greetings from the INDEPTH Training and Resource Centre.  We hope you had a fruitful week.  We have the following items for your kind attention
  • INDEPTH MNCH Working Group Leader presents at WHO meeting in Geneva
  • AGM2017 Countdown - meeting in Dubai a few weeks to go.
  • Chakaria HDSS of icddr,b in Bangladesh unveils new brochure that showcases INDEPTH Network
1. INDEPTH MNCH Working Group Leader presents at WHO meeting in Geneva
Dr. Peter Waiswa ,INDEPTH Network Maternal and Newborn Health Working Group leader
Dr Peter Waiswa (MD, MPH, PhD), Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy, Planning and Management at Makerere University School of Public Health in Kampala, Uganda who is leader of the INDEPTH Network Maternal and Newborn Health Working Group will be presenting at the "Stakeholders meeting on Maternal Interventions Vigilance: Safety Monitoring and Surveillance in Vaccine and other Research Settings" in Domaine de Penthes, Geneva, Switzerland, 20-21 November 2017.  This meeting is convened in collaboration between Vaccines, Essential Medicines, Reproductive, and Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health departments from WHO.  The objectives of the meeting are to:
  • review current methods or methodologies to monitor outcomes of maternal immunization and other interventions, with a particular focus on pharmacovigilance;
  • assess these vigilance methodologies and identify where harmonization is needed;
  • assess their global applicability for maternal immunization and other interventions;
  • propose coordination mechanisms and a roadmap to support their harmonization across programmes and partners working on improving pregnancy and early childhood health events.
Peter will present on "Pregnancy and early childhood outcomes monitoring through health and demographic surveillance systems." 
2. Nominations are now open for the 2018 Roux Prize and the deadline on January 31 is fast approaching.
Please reach out to your colleagues or forward the names of potential nominees 

Here is a brief background on the prize and links to useful resources:
The Roux Prize is a US$100,000 award launched in 2013 to recognize individuals or groups who have used disease burden evidence to take actions that make people healthier. The prize was founded by philanthropists David and Barbara Roux and is awarded annually by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME).
Dr. Samba Sow, formerly a Malian physician and professor at the University of Maryland and now Mali's Minister of Health, won the 2017 Roux Prize for using health data to save children's lives through a comprehensive vaccination program. He generated and used metrics on the disease burden related to Hib – Haemophilus influenzae type b disease – to secure political and financial support to vaccinate thousands of children against the disease. He spearheaded a nationwide delivery campaign for the vaccine, and, as a result, the country has seen an 80% decline in new Hib cases. You can view past winners here.
Nominees may come from anywhere in the world and could include staff in government agencies, researchers at academic institutions, volunteers in charitable organizations, or health providers working in the community. The only requirement is that he or she has used disease burden evidence to improve health at the local, national, or global level. If you think that you should be nominated for the prize, please contact
Nominations are due January 31, 2018 and the winner will be announced at an event in the fall 2018. For more information, please visit
3. AGM2017 Countdown - meeting in Dubai a few weeks to go.
This year the INDEPTH Annual General Meeting will be held from 11-13 December 2017 in Dubai, UAE and we are happy to announce that the online registration link is still activated at (Click to Register). So far the following centre leaders have registered: 
1    AHRI, South Africa
2    Chókwè,Mozambique
3    Kintampo, Ghana
4   Agincourt, South Africa
5   Ballabgarh, India
6   Bandafassi/Mlomp/Niakhar, Senegal
7   Bandim, Guinea-Bissau
8   Butajira. Ethiopia
9   Cross River , Nigeria
10   Dabat, Ethiopia
11   Dikgale, South Africa
12   Dodowa, Ghana
13   Filabavi, Vietnam
14   Gilgel Gibe, Ethiopia
15   Iganga/Mayuge, Uganda
16   Karonga, Malawi
17   Kaya, Burkina Faso
18   Kersa/Harar, Ethiopia
19   Kilite Awlaelo, Ethiopia
20   Kombewa, Kenya
21   Magu, Tanzania
22   Manhica, Mozambique
23   Mbita, Kenya
24   Nahuche, Nigeria
25   Nairobi, Kenya
26   Nanoro, Burkina Faso
27   Navrongo, Ghana
28   Ougadougou , Burkina Faso
29   PiH, Papua New-Guinea
30   Purworejo, Indonesia
31   Nouna, Burkina Faso
32   Taabo, Côte d'Ivoire
33   Chókwè, Mozambique
34   Kisumu, Kenya
35   Manhica, Mozambique
36   Rakai, Uganda
37   Kilifi, Kenya
38   Vadu, India
We encourage all centre leaders who have not already done so to register now. 

The Arabian Park Hotel, venue of the 2017 AGM in Dubai is requesting all participants to complete the attached form to aid the processing of visas.  The visa requirements are:
  1. Clear passport size photograph - Dimensions: 4.3 cm x 5.5 cm, File Size: 40 KB Type: jpg Colored and clear
  2. Clear and valid passport copy of each Guest - (minimum validity of 6 months prior to arrival).
  3. Completed and signed Entry Visa Request Form for each Guest. Click link to download.
The hotel will require arrival dates of all participants. Hence we strongly encourage all centres leaders to provide their flight details to the Resource Centre as soon as possible for onward transmission to the Hotel.
4. Chakaria HDSS of icddr,b in Bangladesh unveils new brochure that showcases INDEPTH Network
The site leader of Chakaria HDSS, Associate Scientist SM Manzoor Ahmed Hanifi, was proud to share the new brochure of his HDSS field site with the INDEPTH Resource & Training Centre. The reason is clear, the brochure is not only beautiful, it gives visibility to INDEPTH. Please download the brochure. Should you have such documents you wish to share with the wider Network, please pass on to us and we would be delighted to assist. Read more
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