Two New Publications from INDEPTH:

5 Feb 2018

On Adult Mortality: There is still a considerable dearth of knowledge regarding adult mortality and premature deaths in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Attempts to measure adult mortality using censuses and cross-sectional surveys rely mainly on indirect techniques that are affected by common biases. The growing number of Health and Demographic Surveillance Systems (HDSSs) offer a medium-term solution to the dearth of knowledge regarding adult mortality and the main causes in Africa. This paper compares adult mortality estimates from 16 HDSSs in nine countries in SSA based on publicly available data on INDEPTHStats. We use Life Table techniques to examine differences in adult mortality trends and to identify mortality clusters and sex differentials. Results reveal distinctive mortality trends for the three regions of Africa with the Southern and Eastern African regions having relatively higher mortality than the West African region.Read more

On Knowledge Generation: Data generated by the 49 Health and Demographic Surveillance System (HDSS) field sites run by 43 research centers that make up the INDEPTH Network offer a valuable corrective to the dearth of robust and objective health information in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). The field sites collect regular data from defined demographic surveillance areas as well as conduct ad-hoc studies to assess policy and program interventions. The data allow policy-makers in Africa, Asia and Oceania where the field sites are located, to track emerging health threats from both infectious and non-communicable diseases, and to assess in real-time the effectiveness of interventions to tackle them. Read more