In most of the countries of Africa and Asia, the civil registration and vital statistics system are either
absent or dysfunctional. However, reliable demography and health data on timely basis ineeded for better policy formulation and in‐time action in case of any urgency. The Health and Demographic Surveillance Systems (HDSSs) come up as an alternative to fill some of this gap in health and demographical data. This WP provides answers of some of the why’s and how’s about HDSS.
This work package provides detail information on the Health and Demographic Surveillance Systems (HDSSs) which is a complex system in terms of establishment and functioning. Funding and technical know‐hows are scare; however they are able to generate longitudinal quality data over the years not only about the lives of people n low‐ and middle‐income countries, but also about the impact on those lives of development policies and programmes.
As shown in the figure here, HDSSs position themselves on the cross‐section of three types of regular demographic data generation systems: Census, Single surveys and longitudinal surveys. Since HDSSs collect data from whole comunities over extended time periods, they more accurately reflect health and population problems with complete picture of the health status of communities in low‐ and middle‐income countries (LMICs). This Walso provides brief introduction on INDEPTH: ‐ A network of all the HDSS sites i Africa, Asia and Oceania. And two HDSS sites: Muzaffarpur‐ TMRC HDSS in India and Nanoro HDSS in Burkina Faso.
Name : Karim Derra1, Paritosh Malaviya 2
Affiliation : 1Clinica Research Units of Nanoro, Nanoro, Burkina Faso ,2B.H.U, Varanasi, India
Contact: [email protected], paritosh_malaviya [@] yahoo.com