Profile: the Karonga Health and Demographic Surveillance System

Crampin, A. C. et al. (2012) Profile: the Karonga Health and Demographic Surveillance System. International Journal of Epidemiology, 41(3), pp. 676-685. (doi: 10.1093/ije/dys088) (PMID:22729235) (PMCID:PMC3396313)

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The Karonga Health and Demographic Surveillance System (Karonga HDSS) in northern Malawi currently has a population of more than 35 000 individuals under continuous demographic surveillance since completion of a baseline census (2002–2004). The surveillance system collects data on vital events and migration for individuals and for households. It also provides data on cause-specific mortality obtained by verbal autopsy for all age groups, and estimates rates of disease for specific presentations via linkage to clinical facility data. The Karonga HDSS provides a structure for surveys of socio-economic status, HIV sero-prevalence and incidence, sexual behaviour, fertility intentions and a sampling frame for other studies, as well as evaluating the impact of interventions, such as antiretroviral therapy and vaccination programmes. Uniquely, it relies on a network of village informants to report vital events and household moves, and furthermore is linked to an archive of biological samples and data from population surveys and other studies dating back three decades.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:The work is supported primarily by the Wellcome Trust, with use of facilities owned by the British Leprosy Relief Association and support for individual studies from many other funders, including Hewlett-ESRC.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Crampin, Professor Mia
Authors: Crampin, A. C., Dube, A., Mboma, S., Price, A., Chihana, M., Jahn, A., Baschieri, A., Molesworth, A., Mwaiyeghele, E., Branson, K., Floyd, S., McGrath, N., Fine, P. E.M., French, N., Glynn, J. R., and Zaba, B.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Health & Wellbeing > Public Health
Journal Name:International Journal of Epidemiology
Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISSN (Online):1464-3685
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2012 The Authors
First Published:First published in International Journal of Epidemiology 41(3):676-685
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