Agincourt HDSS is part of the INDEPTH network of research centres who conduct longitudinal health and demographic evaluation of populations in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). INDEPTH is promoting the sharing of data through the iShare project.
Agincourt is also part of the ALPHA network, which aims to maximise the usefulness of data generated in community-based longitudinal HIV studies in sub-Saharan Africa for national and international agencies involved in designing or monitoring interventions and epidemiological forecasting. The project links existing African HIV cohort studies and runs training workshops to facilitate replication of analyses of demographic correlates and consequences of HIV infection. Comparative studies and meta-analyses are undertaken on comparable data sets, imposing a common format on data collected and stored in a variety of ways. The network is coordinated by the Department of Public Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
A similar project to Agincourt is the Africa Centre. The Africa Centre is funded by the Wellcome Trust for its core population-based research. The Centre has been based since its inception in the Umkhanyakude district of KwaZulu-Natal, where the burden of disease from HIV is immense. The Centre currently has its headquarters at Somkhele in KwaZulu-Natal, with access to laboratories and offices at the University in Durban, including the first floor of the Doris Duke Medical Research Institute building. The Africa Centre is also part of the INDEPTH network.
The Dikgale Health and Demographic Surveillance Surveillance System (HDSS) is located in the Capricorn district of Limpopo Province, South Africa. This key research centre part of the University of Limpopo produces vital data on the health and wellbeing of their population. Dikgale’s main research area is chronic diseases and their risk factors. The centre has conducted prevalence studies on risk factors for chronic diseases (mainly NCDs) and are now in the process of developing an intervention to reduce risk factors for NCDs and strengthen the capacity of the Primary Health Care workers to manage chronic diseases. Dikgale is a member of the INDEPTH Network.
Stats SA is theSouth African government statistics agency. They collect demographic statistics across South Africa.
MeasureDHS: The Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) program has collected, analyzed, and disseminated accurate and representative data on population, health, HIV, and nutrition through more than 300 surveys in over 90 countries.
Demography and Population Studies Programme
The Wits Programme in Demography and Population Studies offers an interdisciplinary graduate teaching and research in demography and population studies. Demography as an academic discipline seeks to explore the dynamics of human populations in relation to the changes in their sizes, structures and distributions. Population changes have implications for the environment, employment, work, family relations, health, ageing and urbanization to mention just a few. Read more http://www.wits.ac.za/socialsciences/demography/8217/demography_home.html
The PRICELESS SA (Priority Cost Effective Lessons for Systems Strengthening South Africa ) initiative, is a country specific study originating from the DCP2 (www.dcp2.org) and is one response to providing relevant country specific data. As certain risk factors/diseases in South Africa are responsible for the highest burden of disease having an understanding of which effective interventions can be used to address some of these high burden conditions with scarce resources could have a considerable impact on population health. The aim of the initiative, launched in 2009 is to generate and support the development of evidence-based information and tools to help determine how best to use existing scarce resources so that health systems work more effectively and efficiently. Building expertise to perform this work is essential. Read more http://www.pricelesssa.ac.za/
South African Government
Partnerships are sought with the Department of Health and Social Development as well as the Department of Education at the National level, at the Mpumalanga Provincial level, the Ehlanzeni District and the Bushbuckridge Sub- district levels. We also work with municipal, traditional, service provider and local structures in the Bushbuckridge sub-district and with village leadership in all 31 villages in the Agincourt HDSS field site.