African NCD data group meet in Nairobi
A four day inaugural workshop of the African Non-Communicable Disease Longitudinal Data Alliance (ANDLA) is underway in Nairobi, Kenya, hosted by the African Population Health Research Centre and Malawi Epidemiology and Intervention Research Unit.
The alliance has been recently funded by a UK Medical Research Council Global Challenges Research Fund award to collate longitudinal data from six African partners to conduct pooled and comparative analyses on NCDs. Initial planned analyses include risk of cardiovascular mortality associated with different risk factors and HIV-associated cancer mortality.
Expected outcomes of the meeting include establishing terms of reference for the group, data sharing agreements, understanding availability of relevant data and planned analyses.
Participants come from Karonga HDSS (Malawi Epidemiology and Intervention Research Unit, a programme of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine), Ifakara Urban HDSS (of Ifakara Health Institute, Tanzania), Kisesa HDSS (Tanzania), Masaka General Population Cohort (of the Medical Research Council and Uganda Virus Research Institute), Agincourt HDSS (of the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa) and the African Population and Health Research Centre (APHRC) in Kenya. INDEPTH Resource and Training Centre is represented by Dr. Mamusu Kamanda.