4th Quarter Newsletter
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4th Quarter Newsletter 2016
1. INDEPTH AGM 2016 held in Kampala, Uganda
Over 80 delegates attended the opening of the 15th INDEPTH Network Annual General Meeting at Speke Resort Munyonyo in Kampala, Uganda, from 16-18 November 2016.These included INDEPTH Member Centre Leaders or their representatives; Uganda-based HDSSs; INDEPTH partners and ... Read more
2.  Bandarban HDSS: icddr,b works to tackle HIV epidemic in Bangladesh
The Africa Centre for Population Health of the  University of KwaZulu-Natal, an INDEPTH member, has merged with the KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for Tuberculosis and HIV (K-RITH) to  form the Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI). The merged organisation will do business under the legal name ... Read more
3. INDEPTH in The Lancet: The case for verbal autopsy in health systems strengthening
The quest for robust, affordable, consistent methods for filling global health information gaps is familiar. But frequently the focus is on how the international community can extract population-based data, rather than how countries and communities can use robust methods to understand.... Read more
4. INDEPTH ED speaks to stakeholders in Sierra Leone
The Executive Director of INDEPTH Network, Prof Osman Sankoh, was at the College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences (COMAHS), Freetown, Sierra Leone, where he made a presentation on “The knots, bolts, joys and challenges of Health and Demographic Surveillance System (HDSS) field sites” to diverse stakeholders on 23 November 2016. Also, present were representatives of the Ministry of Healthy Read more
5. Household health expenditure project team discuss instruments
A four-day pre-pilot test and data collection meeting was held from 24-28 October 2016 in Navrongo Health Research Centre (NHRC) in Upper East Region, Ghana, to discuss country specific instruments for measuring household out-of-pocket health payments (OOPs) in four countries, ... Read more
6. Researchers share experience on mental health
The INDEPTH Network, with its dynamic health and demographic surveillance systems, can make a significant contribution to exploring mental health issues in multiple diverse rural and urban settings in low and middle income countries. In pursuance of this, INDEPTH organised a three days scoping ...Read more
7. Prof. Sankoh talks about data sharing networks at Grand Challenges meet
INDEPTH Executive Director Prof. Osman Sankoh was among over 1000 scientists from around the world who attended the Grand Challenges Annual Meeting in London from 24-26 October 2016. Prof. Sankoh made a presentation "Building Cooperative Data Sharing Networks in LMICs: ... Read more
8. Navrongo HDSS: Study shows benefits of combined malaria and worms treatment
Combined intermittent preventive treatment of malaria and deworming reduced prevalence of anaemia and improved sustained attention and recall in schoolchildren. This is according to a new publication entitled Impact of combined intermittent preventive treatment of malaria and helminths on anaemia,... Read more
9. New paper on INDEPTH malaria drug study published
A new publication on modeling of electrocardiograms for malaria drug Eurartesim® safety evaluation has been published by a leading journal, PLOS ONE. This comes in the background of a recent call from the WHO for experts to review cardiotoxicity of antimalarials.  Read more  
10. All set for Africa’s largest demographic studies project
In October, South Africa's government announced that it will expand the country’s existing demographic studies to create a project that will be the largest of its kind in Africa — tracking the health, income, and educational attainment of around 1% of South Africa’s population. Read more  
11. INDEPTH Network represented at Gates, AAS meeting
Profs. Michele Ramsay and Peter Waiswa were among researchers who took part in a roundtable discussion Precision Public Health in Africa hosted by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation ... Read more
12. Nouna HDSS:
Centre Leader participates in World Health Summit
The Director of the Nouna Health Research Centre (NSRF) in Burkina Faso, Dr.  Ali Sie, was among delegates of the World Heath Summit held in Berlin, Germany, from 9 - 11 October 2016.  The World Health Summit is a health care conference on global health policy development. Read more
13. Nanoro HDSS:
CHESS pilot preparations in top gear
A team from INDEPTH Resource and Training Centre (iRTC) in Ghana and a software developing firm were at the Nanoro Health and Demographic Surveillance System site (HDSS) in Burkina Faso from 14 -24 September 2016 to support the ground team in preparations for piloting of CHESS. Read more
14. Staff review progress and 2017 plans at retreat
The INDEPTH Resource and Training Centre held its annual staff retreat on 16 December 2016 at Ampomaah Hotel in Accra, Ghana. The retreat was to review the activities of all the sections of the Network for 2016 as well as finalise the work plans for 2017.  Read more
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