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Profile: The Karonga Health and Demographic Surveillance System

Crampin, Amelia C., Dube, Albert, Mboma, Sebastian, Price, Alison, Chihana, Menard, Jahn, Andreas, Baschieri, Angela, Molesworth, Anna, Mwaiyeghele, Elnaeus, Branson, Keith, Floyd, Sian, McGrath, Nuala, Fine, Paul E.M., French, Neil, Glynn, Judith R. and Zaba, Basia (2012) Profile: The Karonga Health and Demographic Surveillance System International Journal of Epidemiology (doi:10.1093/ije/dys088). (PMID:22729235).

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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.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 22 June 2012
Keywords: demography, epidemiology, census, sub-saharan africa, malawi, hiv population dynamics, vital statistics, mortality, cause of death, life expectancy
Organisations: Social Statistics & Demography


Local EPrints ID: 341079
ISSN: 0300-5771
PURE UUID: 9cb48006-4680-4dae-94ed-715657b29499

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Date deposited: 12 Jul 2012 15:27
Last modified: 03 Oct 2017 16:40

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Author: Amelia C. Crampin
Author: Albert Dube
Author: Sebastian Mboma
Author: Alison Price
Author: Menard Chihana
Author: Andreas Jahn
Author: Angela Baschieri
Author: Anna Molesworth
Author: Elnaeus Mwaiyeghele
Author: Keith Branson
Author: Sian Floyd
Author: Nuala McGrath
Author: Paul E.M. Fine
Author: Neil French
Author: Judith R. Glynn
Author: Basia Zaba

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