Evaluating the impact of poverty on NCD and injury mortality in low-income settings: Data from the INDEPTH Network, Accra

In 2016, a new Lancet Commission was launched focusing on the burden of noncommunicable diseases and injuries (NCDIs) among the world’s poorest billion people (NCDI Poverty Commission).1 One potential data source that was identified regarding mortality patterns in these populations is Health and Demographic Surveillance Systems (HDSS) in geographic regions that are known to have a significant prevalence of severe poverty. 

There have been some analyses published from HDSS sites regarding the relationship between socioeconomic status (SES) and mortality.2 However, these relationships have not been reported systematically across multiple sites, and it is unclear to the NCDI Poverty Commission the depth of the SES variables collected and consistency across sites.

This workshop will primarily use Health and Demographic Surveillance Systems (HDSS) data collected by The INDEPTH Network. NCD mortality rates at these sites have previously been described. The study population will include adults aged 15 years or older in a selected time period whose deaths are documented in the INDEPTH database.


1.      To assess sub-national NCD and injury mortality patterns across levels of household poverty both broadly and by NCD disease category and by age group and sex.

 2.      To make cross-country comparisons of associations between poverty and mortality from NCDs and injuries by age and sex. 

 3.      To describe time trends, if any, of associations between poverty and mortality from NCDs and injuries in low-income settings.

 4.      To compare cross-country comparisons of associations to the Global Burden of Disease cross-country burden by poverty



No. Name HDSS/Institution, Country Position Picture Biosketch
1 Bharat Sudam Choudhari Vadu HDSS, Pune, India HDSS Coordinator    Biosketch
2 Marylene Wamukoya Nairobi HDSS, Kenya Data Analyst, DSS Data Manager    Biosketch
3 Alison Price Karonga HDSS,  Malawi      Biosketch
4 Peter Sifuna Kombewa HDSS, Kenya  Research Scientist    Biosketch
5 Melkamu Merid Kersa HDSS, Ethiopia  Lecturer, Haramaya University,  Ethiopia    Biosketch
6 Alberto Chaque Manhica HDSS, Mozambique Statistician    Biosketch
7 Iwara Arikpo Cross River HDSS, Calabar University, Nigeria  Data Manager & Analyst    Biosketch
8 Manzoor Ahmed Hanifi (Virtual Participant) Chakaria HDSS, Bangladesh Associate Scientist    Biosketch
9 Matthew Coates Harvard Medical School, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Program in Global Non-communicable Disease and Social Change Research Associate    Biosketch
10 Alex Kintu Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, MA, United States Candidate in the Doctor of Science (SD)    Biosketch
11 Gene Buchman (Virtual participant) Harvard Medical School, USA Assistant Professor of Medicine and Global Health and Social Medicine    Biosketch
12 Dr. Kafui Adjaye-Gbewonyo Innovative Methods and Metrics for Agriculture and Nutrition Actions Postdoctoral research fellow   Biosketch
13 Mamusu Kamanda INDEPTH Resource& Training Centre Acting Head Science Research and Co-ordination    Biosketch
14 Osman Sankoh INDEPTH Resource& Training Centre Executive Director    Biosketch