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Data resource profile: network for analysing longitudinal population-based HIV/AIDS data on Africa (ALPHA Network)

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Title: Data resource profile: network for analysing longitudinal population-based HIV/AIDS data on Africa (ALPHA Network)
Authors: Reniers, G
Wamukoya, M
Urassa, M
Nyaguara, A
Nakiyingi-Miiro, J
Lutalo, T
Hosegood, V
Gregson, S
Gomez-Olive, X
Geubbels, E
Crampin, AC
Wringe, A
Waswa, L
Tollman, S
Todd, J
Slaymaker, E
Serwadda, D
Price, A
Oti, S
Nyirenda, MJ
Nabukalu, D
Nyamukapa, C
Nalugoda, F
Mugurungi, O
Mtenga, B
Mills, L
Michael, D
McLean, E
McGrath, N
Martin, E
Marston, M
Maquins, S
Levira, F
Kyobutungi, C
Kwaro, D
Kasamba, I
Kanjala, C
Kahn, K
Kabudula, C
Herbst, K
Gareta, D
Eaton, JW
Clark, SJ
Church, K
Chihana, M
Calvert, C
Beguy, D
Asiki, G
Amri, S
Abdul, R
Zaba, B
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: The Network for Analysing Longitudinal Population-based HIV/AIDS data on Africa (ALPHA Network, http://alpha.lshtm.ac.uk/) brings together ten population-based HIV surveillance sites in eastern and southern Africa, and is coordinated by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). It was established in 2005 and aims to (i) broaden the evidence base on HIV epidemiology for informing policy, (ii) strengthen the analytical capacity for HIV research, and (iii) foster collaboration between network members. All study sites, some starting in the late 1980s and early 1990s, conduct demographic surveillance in populations that range from approximately 20 to 220 thousand individuals. In addition, they conduct population-based surveys with HIV testing, and verbal autopsy interviews with relatives of deceased residents. ALPHA Network datasets have been used for studying HIV incidence, sexual behaviour and the effects of HIV on mortality, fertility, and household composition. One of the network’s substantive focus areas is the monitoring of AIDS mortality and HIV services coverage in the era of antiretroviral therapy. Service use data are retrospectively recorded in interviews and supplemented by information from record linkage with medical facilities in the surveillance areas. Data access is at the discretion of each of the participating sites, but can be coordinated by the network.
Issue Date: 10-Mar-2016
Date of Acceptance: 25-Nov-2015
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/43562
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ije/dyv343
ISSN: 1464-3685
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Start Page: 83
End Page: 93
Journal / Book Title: International Journal of Epidemiology
Volume: 45
Issue: 1
Copyright Statement: © 2016 Oxford University Press. This is a pre-copy-editing, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in International Journal for Epidemiology following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ije/dyv343
Sponsor/Funder: Wellcome Trust
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
UNAIDS
Funder's Grant Number: 084401/Z/07/Z
n/a
PO201153562
Keywords: Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
DEMOGRAPHIC SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM
SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA
SPECTRUM PROJECTION PACKAGE
GENERALIZED HIV EPIDEMICS
MIDDLE-INCOME COUNTRIES
ANTIRETROVIRAL THERAPY
SOUTH-AFRICA
RURAL UGANDA
MORTALITY
HEALTH
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
Adolescent
Adult
Africa
Age Distribution
Aged
Aged, 80 and over
Child
Child, Preschool
Databases as Topic
Female
Humans
Infant
Infant, Newborn
Longitudinal Studies
Male
Middle Aged
Population Surveillance
Sex Distribution
Young Adult
Epidemiology
0104 Statistics
1117 Public Health And Health Services
Publication Status: Published
Appears in Collections:Epidemiology, Public Health and Primary Care



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