Analysis of Longitudinal Data on NCDs from Study Sites Across Africa

Analysis of Longitudinal Data on NCDs from Study Sites Across Africa

Host Institution: Ifakara Health Institute (IHI)

Location: Dar Es Salaam, with visits to other locations in Tanzania and Malawi

Supervisors: Dr Eveline Geubbels (IHI) and Dr Jim Todd, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM).


Project Description

Population-based research (as opposed to hospital-based research) on NCDs is particularly important in Africa as relatively few people use formal health services, especially in the early stages of illness. The unique and valuable data collected in repeated cycles of population-based research help us to determine the amount and causes of disease; the risk (or chance) of death from these conditions; how these diseases develop in individuals; and how the disease epidemiology changes over time (for example, age and sex of people most commonly affected).

To understand NCDs in Africa better, and to help inform African policy makers and researchers, the African NCD Longitudinal Data Alliance (ANDLA) has recently been established. ANDLA brings together population-based research data from multiple partners working in existing study sites across Africa to create large, harmonised longitudinal datasets that are robust and powerful enough to address important research questions on NCDs and their risk factors.  The intern will be hosted by ANDLA member Ifakara Health Institute, within the Health Systems, Impact Evaluation and Policy group (HSIEP), and will be assigned to work on a jointly identified research topic. S/he will be invited to participate in multi-site ANDLA data analysis workshops and will be supervised by Dr Jim Todd (LSHTM) and Dr Eveline Geubbels (IHI) in conjunction with other ANDLA scientists.

Applications for this internship should be submitted via the online application system, stating clearly the title of the internship.

Deadline for applications: December 31st, 2017 at  11:59 PM (EAT).

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