1st Quarter Newsletter
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1st Quarter Newsletter 2016
1. Sida research cooperation official commends INDEPTH
The Head of the Research Cooperation Unit of the Swedish Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), Prof. Hannah Akuffo, has commended INDEPTH for the work it is doing.Prof. Akuffo, who is also a professor at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden, visited the INDEPTH Secretariat . Read more
2. INDEPTH, one of the organisations that readily makes its data available - Lancet
During the period under review, The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology, published an article titled: 'Liberating data: the crucial weapon in the fight against NCDs'. 
The paper noted that data must also be available for non-communicable diseases (NCDs), which, although more insidious than communicable diseases, ... Read more
3. ED meets Colombian Ambassador to Ghana
The Executive Director of the INDEPTH Network, Prof Osman Sankoh, on Thursday 28 January 2016 met the Colombian Ambassador to Ghana, H.E. Mrs. Claudia Turbay Quintero, to discuss avenues of collaboration with the Network. The ambassador is interested in a community intervention.  Read more
4. Prof. Sankoh attends CRVS Core Group meeting in Addis
The Regional Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) Core Group meeting was held from 9 – 10 February 2016 at United Nations Conference Centre, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. INDEPTH Network, a member of the Core Group, was represented by the Executive Director, Prof Osman Sankoh.. Read more
5. Gates Foundation representative visits Secretariat
The INDEPTH Secretariat on 17 February 2016 hosted a representative from the Gates Foundation, Dr. Hong Wang.  Welcoming him, the INDEPTH Executive Director, Prof. Osman Sankoh, said the visit was a sign of good partnership between the Network and the funding organisation... Read more
6. Over 20 countries face Ebola Disease risk
Some 23 African countries are at risk of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). This was said during a workshop on Ebola preparedness that took place in Accra, Ghana, from 25 - 26 February. The workshop which was organised by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) of the ... Read more
7.  INDEPTH model cited as solution in strengthening CRVS
The need for timely and reliable mortality estimates is acute in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), and about half of all under-five deaths. Yet, there is considerable uncertainty as to mortality changes in the region, because civil registration and vital statistics systems (CRVS) are often incomplete and fail  ...Read more
8. INDEPTH calls on Swiss Ambassador
The Executive Director of the INDEPTH Network, Prof Osman Sankoh and the Board Chair, Prof Marcel Tanner on Thursday, 10 March 2016 paid a courtesy call on the Switzerland Ambassador to Ghana, Gerhard Brugger. They discussed strengthening INDEPTH-Swiss collaboration. Read more
9. WHO meeting in Geneva discusses global statistics
INDEPTH Network was among key players in the global health community who met in Geneva, Switzerland, for the two-day WHO Reference Group on Health Statistics meeting on 14 March 2016. The agenda included discussion on current and planned WHO work in the context of the SDGs.  Read more
10. INDEPTH joins the world to mark TB Day
March 24, marked World Tuberculosis (TB) Day. The day was to raise public awareness that tuberculosis remained an epidemic in the world, causing the deaths of nearly one-and-a-half million people each year, mostly in developing countries.  The day also commemorated Dr Robert Koch’s announcement  Read more
11. Agincourt makes appearance in GHA’s most accessed articles
The Global Health Action open-access journal has released a list of most accessed articles for 2015, and Agincourt, an INDEPTH member centre, has made the list – twice! Coming in with the second-highest most accessed article is ‘exploring the paradox: double burden of malnutrition in rural South Africa’ by Elizabeth W. Kimani-Murage, with 19 095 full text views since its publication.  Read more
12. New guidelines to improve neonatal care for premature babies in Bangladesh
icddr,b research and expertise have contributed to new national guidelines for kangaroo mother care for premature newborn babies in government healthcare facilities in Bangladesh. The Government of Bangladesh has developed a national guideline to introduce facility-based kangaroo  ... Read more
13. ISSP, UNICEF discuss reports in Ouaga
The Institut Supérieur des Sciences de la Population (ISSP), which runs the Ougadougou HDSS (an INDEPTH member) and UNICEF in Burkina Faso, jointly organised a scientific panel meeting on 13-14 January 2016 to validate reports from eight studies that the UN agency conducted in 2014. He said his agency conducted eight  studies that the  .... Read more
14.  Use of contraceptives up in Burkina Faso
Key findings from a research on new trends in fertility and family planning have indicated that the contraceptive prevalence rate is increasing in Burkina Faso. The research was conducted under the Performance Monitoring and Accountability Project (PMA2020). The first phase of the research....Read more
15. NHRC honoured by WHO for role in Meningitis Vaccine development
A group of Ghanaian scientists - Abraham Hodgson, Abudulai Adams Forgor (deceased), Fred Binka, Patrick Ansah, Nana Akosua Ansah and Abraham Oduro – and an INDEPTH member centre - the Navrongo Health Research Centre were honoured in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, by the World Health Organisation....Read more
16. icddr,b researchers attempt to determine populations most at risk from Zika virus
icddr,b, an INDEPTH member, is testing a collection of blood samples for evidence of past infection with Zika virus – work that could help to control any future Zika outbreak in Bangladesh. Although the current Zika virus outbreak has not yet reached Bangladesh, the virus causes a generally mild illness  ...Read more
17. Study explores the economic costs of fever to households in the middle belt of Ghana
A team of researchers at the Kintampo Health Research Centre, an INDEPTH member centre, reveals that the total cost of treating fever/malaria episode is relatively high in their study area considering the poverty levels in Ghana. According to the researchers, the National Health ... Read more
18. Beating TB
TB is a huge problem in our community. Most people know friends or family who have suffered from the disease. Many people die from TB, often at a young age, and that is why Africa Centre, a member of INDEPTH,  is doing research to help with the TB problem.
Dr Richard Lessells' study looked at  
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