2nd Quarter Newsletter
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2nd Quarter Newsletter 2017
April  -  June
1. INDEPTH hosts workshop on impact of poverty on NCDs and injury mortality

The INDEPTH Executive Director Prof. Osman Sankoh on 12 June 2017 opened a workshop on the impact of poverty on NCDs and injury mortality, in Accra, Ghana.  The three days workshop "Evaluating the impact of poverty on NCD and injury mortality in low-income settings: Data from the INDEPTH" has ... Read more

 2. Drowning: WHO provides guidance

A recent Lancet editorial reminds us that each year, more than 360,000 people are estimated to die from drowning worldwide. Globally, drowning occurs most often in children between 1 and 4 years of age, and in Bangladesh drowning accounts for 43% of all deaths in this age group. The WHO has released a follow-up implementation guide for policy makers, .Read more

3. Research capacity building—obligations for global health Partners

Global health continues to gain pace as a discipline, as is evident from the amount of funding available for challenges relevant to low-income and middle income countries (LMICs) and the growth ...Read more

4. Impoverishment effects of out-of-pocket healthcare payments in Ghana
There is a global concern regarding how households could be protected from relatively large healthcare payments which are a major limitation to accessing healthcare. Such payments also endanger the welfare of households with ... Read more
5. Former Dodowa Centre Leader honoured with Heroine of Health award
The Director of the Centre for Health Policy and Implementation Research of the University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS) in Ghana, Professor Margaret Gyapong, has been honoured with the General Electric (GE) Heroine of Global Health award. The former Director of the Dodowa Health Research Centre, an INDEPTH member centre, was one of the 13 emerging women leaders in global healthcare .... Read more
6. ABACUS qualitative analysis workshop held in South Africa

INDEPTH’s project on community-based antibiotic access and consumption (ABACUS) convened a workshop from 2 - 4 May 2017 to 2017 at the Witts School of Public Health, University of Witwatersrand, in Johannesburg, South Africa. The aim of the workshop was to create a unified ...Read more

7. Assessing the catastrophic effects of out-of-pocket healthcare payments prior to the uptake of a nationwide health insurance scheme in Ghana            
Global health continues to gain pace as a discipline, as is evident from the amount of funding available for challenges relevant to low-income and middle income countries (LMICs) and the growth of journals in this field. This growth has been driven in no small part by the targets and indicators of the Millennium Development Goals. Successes towards achieving these goals, however, have often come from expertise, funding, ....Read more
8. Risk assessment an integral part of an organisation, says INDEPTH ED            
INDEPTH Executive Director, Prof. Osman Sankoh giving a presentation on risk matrix to staff.The INDEPTH Executive Director Prof. Osman Sankoh on Friday 5 May 2007 led a meeting of staff of the Resource and Training Centre in Accra to develop a risk assessment matrix for the oganisation. The tool allows ... Read more
9. Ouagadougou HDSS: Mental health and urban living in sub-Saharan Africa
In sub-Saharan African cities, the epidemiological transition has shifted a greater proportion of the burden of non-communicable diseases, including mental and behavioral disorder, to the adult population. The burden of major depressive disorder and its social risk factors in the urban sub-Saharan African population are not well understood and estimates vary widely. The study published in the paper "Mental health and urban living in .....Read more
10. WHO launches global initiative to reduce medication-associated harm             
Considering the importance of reliable and accurate demographic data for development planning and the errors often associated with census data in Africa, a study was conducted by one of our member centres in Ghana, Navrongo, to examine the level of consistency of reporting between the 2010 Ghana Population Census and the Health and Demographic Surveillance System (HDSS) for Kasena-Nankana East ...Read more
11. CHILILAB HDSS:Smoking initiation and cessation among youths in Vietnam
Study of smoking initiation and cessation is particularly important in adolescent population because smoking prevention and cessation at this time may prevent several health consequences later in life. There is a very limited knowledge about the determinants of smoking initiation and cessation ....Read more
12. More HDSS trained on INDEPTH Data Management Programme                                
The INDEPTH Data Management Programme (IDMP) Training Workshop 7 took place in Dubai from 7 to 24 May 2017 in Dubai.  The overall aim of the workshop was to prepare iSHARE2 member sites to use CiB ...Read more
13. Decreasing child mortality, spatial clustering and decreasing disparity in N.Western Burkina Faso                                                       
Within relatively small areas, there exist high spatial variations of mortality between villages. In rural Burkina Faso, with data from 1993 to 1998, clusters of particularly high child mortality were identified in the population of the Nouna Health and Demographic Surveillance System (HDSS), a member of the INDEPTH Network. In this paper, researchers report child mortality with respect to temporal trends, spatial clustering  ... Read more
14. Causes of Death among children aged 5 to 14 years in Kersa
The global burden of mortality among children is still very huge though its trend has started declining following the improvements in the living standard. It presents serious challenges to the well-being of children in many African countries. Today, Sub-Saharan Africa alone accounts for about 50% of global child mortality. The overall objective of this study "Causes of Death among Children Aged 5 to 14 Years Old from 2008 to 2013 ...Read more
15. ABACUS coordinators and ICT personnel trained on REDCap             
Coordinators and ICT personnel with INDEPTH’s project on community-based antibiotic access and consumption (ABACUS) have received training on the use of REDCap for data collection and management. The workshop was held from 3 - 5 April 2017 at Wits School of Public health in Johannesburg, South Africa. Read more
16.  ENAP metrics workshop held in Dhaka
INDEPTH's Every Newborn Action Plan (ENAP) Project organised a workshop from 10-12 April, 2017 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The ENAP Metrics Implementation Workshop, which started with a site visit and field work on 9 April, aimed at finalising data collection tools and the data collection process to improve ... Read more
17. Manihca HDSS: A prospective cohort study to assess the micro-epidemiology of P.falciparum clinical malaria                                                           
After the decrease in clinical malaria incidence observed in Mozambique until 2009, a steady resurgence of cases per year has been reported nationally, reaching alarming levels in 2014. However, little is known about the clinical profile of the cases presented, or the possible epidemiological factors contributing to the resurgence of cases. An analysis of surveillance data collected between July 2003  ...Read more
18. Pneumococcal carriage in children under five years in Uganda  
Pneumonia is the major cause of death in children globally, with more than 900,000 deaths annually in children under five years of age. Streptococcus pneumoniae causes most deaths, most often in the form of community acquired pneumonia. Pneumococcal conjugate vaccines (PCVs) are currently being implemented in many low-income countries. PCVs decrease vaccine-type pneumococcal carriage, a prerequisite for invasive pneumococcal disease, and thereby affects ... Read more
19. Kintampo launches first malaria slide bank in W.Africa
Kintampo Health Research Centre (KHRC) in Ghana and partners have developed the Kintampo Malaria Slide Bank as a critical resource to “End Malaria for Good”  Read more  
 20. Icddr,b: Patients' perception vital for medication adherence for type-2 diabetes
Tackling risks from non-communicable diseases (NCD), particularly diabetes, in a resource-poor setting like Bangladesh is a daunting challenge. The International Diabetic Federation (IDF) estimates that by 2030, Bangladesh would emerge as one of the countries with largest number of people with type 2 diabetes.Type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes are increasing globally and often remain undiagnosed long ...  Read more 
21. AWI-Gen writing and publications workshop held in SA
AWI-Gen is a University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) and INDEPTH Network Collaborative Centre under the umbrella of the Human Heredity and Health in Africa (H3Africa) Consortium and aims to study genetic and environmental contributions to susceptibility to cardiometabolic diseases in four African countries (South Africa, Kenya, Ghana and Burkina Faso). From 3-7 April, they organised a writing and publications ... Read more
22. INDEPTH team participates in Harvard climate change workshops
Nouna Centre Leader Dr. Ali Sie and INDEPTH Capacity Strengthening and Training Manager Dr. Martin Bangha were among presenters in a workshop series on the health impact of climate change organised by the Harvard Global Health Institute in the US from 25-28 April. Prof. Hofman, who is the Chair of the Department of Epidemiology at Harvard later held discussions with Prof. Rainer Sauerborn,... Read more
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