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Towards making African longitudinal population-based demographic and health data sharable: Data Documentation practices in the past, present and future

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Chifundo Kanjala
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, ALPHA Network

African longitudinal population-based studies have been collecting demographic, socioeconomic and health data for, on average, over a decade. Efforts are currently being made to make these data more sharable. This current study assesses the extent of the implementation of structured data documentation using the Data Documentation Initiative (DDI) and other related specifications/ standards. This is done by describing efforts that are currently underway among members of the two main networks uniting these studies. These networks are the INDEPTH (International Network for the continuous Demographic Evaluation of Populations and their Health) and the ALPHA (African longitudinal population-based studies) networks.

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