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COHRED: "COHRED congratulates INDEPTH on achieving this important milestone that has challenged the INDEPTH network to overcome substantive technical and ethical obstacles. Now that the data of the INDEPTH network are shared, we need to tackle another challenge: increasing the analytical capacity of the 'global south' so that it does not simply become a data producer and exporter, but is able to produce and use that data to generate new knowledge, new insights, and new solutions for its own health and development problems. Making the data available was a key first step. Using them for optimal health, equity and development is our next aim. We look forward to our continued collaboration with INDEPTH to address this". Carel IJsselmuiden, Executive Director (Geneva, Switzerland) and Debbie Marais, Programme Director (Cape Town, South Africa)
UNESCO: “The launch of INDEPTH Data Repository and INDEPTHStats is a remarkable achievement designed to further bridge the gap between scientific research, data analyses and policymaking in Africa and beyond. Both instruments provide policymakers and relevant stakeholders working on population issues, migration, health, mortality and related fields, a wide range of statistical data and analyses that will assist in better informing and shaping policy decisions. INDEPTH Network should be commended for its leadership in this area.” Dr. Abdul Rahman Lamin, Social Scientist (UNESCO Office, Accra, Ghana)
Wits School of Public Health, Unversity of the Witwatersrand: "As a long standing member and partner of INDEPTH, the Wits School of Public Health warmly congratulates INDEPTH on the launch of the Data Repository and INDEPTHStats. We wish to thank the Network for taking the leadership in making these datasets and the tools widely available and accessible. This initiative will strengthen the ability of governments for evidence-informed decision-making and will enhance routine information systems –the Achilles heel of low- and middle-income countries. We are proud to be associated with INDEPTH and with this latest achievement." Prof. Laetitia Rispel, Head of School, Johannesburg, South Africa.
MRC TEG, LSHTM: "Members of the MRC Tropical Epidemiology Group in London have collaborated with many INDEPTH partners over the last several decades. We congratulate INDEPTH on the very significant advance in making data and statistics available on an open-access platform. The information provided by INDEPTH sites on basic demographic measures in Africa and other parts of the world has contributed significantly beyond the model-based estimates that were used previously, but the HDSS sites have been conceived and developed for a variety of different purposes using a wide range of different data platforms. It is no mean achievement to have been able to assemble the data from a large number of sites to present directly comparable measures of a variety of key vital statistics in an attractive an easily accessible fashion." Helen Weiss, Head, MRC Tropical Epidemiology Group, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK
CARTA: "The Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa congratulates INDEPTH
Network on this great milestone of making the INDETHStats and INDEPTH Data Repository data systems publicly available. This achievement will go a long way in enhancing population and public health research across the INDEPTH member countries and beyond. CARTA will continue to partner with INDEPTH Network in using this resource to provide world-class PhD-level training at the African institutions. These data systems will enhance our ability to teach and provide research-active environments in African. The INDEPTHStats and INDEPTH Data Repository initiatives illustrate INDEPTH Network's continuing commitment and leadership in building capacity and knowledge in Africa and beyond. The CARTA consortium comprises nine African universities, four African research centers that are members of the INDEPTH Network, and select northern institutions with a commitment to training the next generation of African scholars." Alex Ezeh, Director (APHRC, Nairobi, Kenya) and Sharon Fonn, co-Director (Wits SPH,University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa).
IPCSR, University of Michigan: "Congratulations on putting this together. It will be a great resource for research community." George Alter, Director; University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA.