INDEPTH Pays courtesy call to the Association of African Universities in Accra

2 Feb 2018

Our Executive Director, Prof. Osman Sankoh and colleagues at the INDEPTH Resource and Training Centre paid a courtesy call on 30th January to Prof. Etienne Ehile, Secretary General of the Association of African Universities (AAU) at the AAU headquarters in Accra. Prof Sankoh presented an overview of INDEPTH Network to about eleven senior AAU staff who were present.

The presentation cut across the activities at the centres to the various working groups and projects that INDEPTH has undertaken and projects that are still in progress. AAU colleagues asked critical questions on data collection, verbal autopsies, methods harmonisation, and the various projects INDEPTH implements. INDEPTH and AAU both agree that  INDEPTH is an “international university” that can benefit African universities, many of which are already part of INDEPTH and run HDSS sites. Examples of all sites in Ethiopia and South Africa are owned by Universities were mentioned. Uganda and Burkina Faso also have universities with field sites.

Both parties agreed to invite each other to their scientific activities. We also agreed that INDEPTH data freely made available on the repository be used by universities for research purposes.