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    Mosquitoes around the home can be reduced significantly by minimizing the amount of standing water available for mosquito breeding. Residents are urged to reduce standing water around the home in a variety of ways.


    The best way is to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.This can be accomplished using personal protecting  while outdoors when mosquitoes are present. Treated bed nets should be used sleeping. Mosquito repellent should be used when outdoor.


    Nearly half of the world’s population is at risk of getting malaria. Pregnant women are particularly at risk of malaria. Children under 5 years are at high risk of malaria.


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A lack of reliable health and population data has made it difficult for policy makers in most low and middle-income countries (LMICs) to meet the real  needs of their people.

Births, migrations, deaths and causes of death are not properly registered in the poorest countries, and data  from health facilities, the traditional  source  of information  for  policy  makers,  often omit those who do not use or do not have access  to healthcare centres. The data, therefore, only provide a partial  picture of a community.

Health and Demographic  Surveillance Systems (HDSSs) provide a fuller picture. The  systems  collect data from whole communities over extended  periods of time  and,  therefore,  more  accurately reflect health and  population problems in LMICs.

By  monitoring new health threats, tracking  population  changes  through fertility and death rates  and migration, and  measuring  the  effect  of  policy interventions  on  communities,  HDSS sites  provide  information  that  allows policy makers to make informed decisions that adapt to changing conditions.

This  is where INDEPTH – the  International  Network  for  the  Demographic Evaluation of Populations and their Health comes in.

Established in 1998, it has 41  research centres running 48 HDSS in 20 countries in Africa, Asia and Oceania on its platform.

INDEPTH  Network  was  constituted  in recognition of the importance of having a critical mass of HDSS  centres with the ability to conduct  research of international  importance  using  comparative and standardized tools.

A decade of INDEPTH development  has seen steadily rising output  reflected in the  publication  of  books,  articles  and journal  collections. These address gaps ranging from unrecorded trends  in mortality  and  cause  of  death  to  fine-grained descriptions of migration and its health consequences.

INDEPTH today is a research  and training network that is  recognised for the  data  it  generates, its multi-site collaborations  and  its  potential  as  a cross-site trials platform.

Since  its  inception,  INDEPTH  and  its growing  network  of  members  have carried out  a number of land mark studies that have had major  impacts on policy in the developing world.

The Present
INDEPTH  has  set  up  a  data  sharing project  known  as  iSHARE  which  has developed  a website, INDEPTHStats (

INDEPTHStats  allows  users  to  explore basic  demographic  indicators  from member centres.

The  INDEPTH Effectiveness and  Safety Studies of Anti-malarial  Drugs  in Africa (INESS) aims to enable African researchers to carry out large Phase IV trials.  This
will result in systematic, evidence-based reviews of the comparative effectiveness and  safety of malaria drugs in many widely used drug classes, and to  apply the findings to inform public  policy and related activities in local settings.

INDEPTH Training and Research Centres of Excellence (INTREC)
INTEC's aim is to develop and  provide appropriate  training  for  researchers from the INDEPTH  network in Asia and Africa.  INTREC  collaboration  action  is envisioned  to  address health inequities in LMICs of Africa and Asia by developing sustainable  capacity  for  research  for health and its  social determinants, and by  facilitating translation of research findings into policy and practice in both regions.  INTREC  also  advocates  for gender  equity  in  health  research  by promoting women scientists.

INDEPTH  Health  Systems  Project  – Universal Health Coverage (IUHC)
The  project  seeks  to  use  the  unique position  of  the  INDEPTH  platform  of health  and  demographic  surveillance systems  (HDSSs) in Africa and Asia to understand the impact of various health sector reforms on the population particularly the poor  and  vulnerable in society. The project will develop a simple tool  that will be used by the HDSSs to capture information on need,  access  to health  care  and  utilization  pattern  of health care at the district level.

This  enables  all  INDEPTH  member centres to contribute fully  documented, high-quality  micro-level  datasets to the scientific programme timeously  and effectively,  and  to  greatly  increase  the ability of INDEPTH and member centres to share longitudinal health and population  data  with  the  scientific community.

The long-term vision of the Collaborative Centre is to build  capacity in Africa for research that leads to an understanding of and response to the interplay between genetic, epigenetic and  environmental risk factors for  obesity and associated cardiometabolic disease (CMD) in  sub-Saharan  Africa.  The  objective  is  to develop capability that enables the use of genomics  in  addressing  questions  of biomedical importance.

By Becky Kwei - Ghana