The International Network for the Demographic Evaluation of Populations and Their Health (Indepth) has launched its data repository at KEM Hospital Research Centre. The repository,comprising two data archives,would build and strengthen capacity for research data management and data sharing. The archives would also improve access to evidence-based health research findings in low and middle-income countries (LMICs).
Vadu Health and Demographic Surveillance Systems (HDSS),established by the KEM Hospital Research Centre,Pune,is the primary contributor – conception to implementation – to these two global initiatives. The Indepth data repository is an online archive of high-quality data sets put together by Indepth and HDSS members.
Dr Sanjay Juvekar of HDSS said its the first data repository that specialises in longitudinal population-based data from LMICs.
INDEPTHStats,a website of Indepth,will display summary statistics,images and graphs of key health and demographic indicators. It will provide researchers,government officials and policy makers with information that can guide decision-making,including crude birth and death rates,age-specific fertility and death rates,infant,child and under five mortality rates as well as numerous other health and demographic indicators. The data is available in event-history format for as many as 8 lakh individuals representing more than 3.7 million persons. Soon,INDEPTH Stats will have indicators from 14 more member centres.