General Background


Non communicable diseases (NCD) are increasing in Africa.  They are diverse group of conditions, not directly caused by infections and most often long-term and lifestyle-related, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, cancers, asthma and kidney disease.

To understand NCDs in Africa, and to help inform African policy makers and researchers, African NCD Longitudinal Data Alliance (ANDLA) was formed to bring together population-based research data from multiple partners working in existing study sites across Africa to create large, harmonised datasets that are robust and powerful enough to address important research questions that individual study sites would struggle to answer on their own.

The aim of the African Non-Communicable Disease Longitudinal data Alliance (ANDLA) is to provide policy relevant data and analyses to national, regional and international bodies.  It is anticipated that our policy briefs on burden and risk factors of NCD conditions will be used by Ministries, and regional and national bodies such as the NCD Alliance and WHO.

Demographic Surveillance and NCD data collaborators/partners:

Institution Data Source Country
University of the Witwatersrand (UotW) Agincourt HDSS South Africa
National Institutes of Medical Research (NMIR) Kisesa HDSS Tanzania
Malawi Epidemiology and Intervention Research Unit (MEIRU) Karonga HDSS Malawi
African Population and Health Research Centre (APHRC) Nairobi UHDSS Kenya
Ifakara Health Institute (IHI) Ifakara UHDSS Tanzania
Medical Research Council/Uganda Virus Research Unit (MRC-UVRI) MRC-UVRI Uganda

 Key partners: INDEPTH Network and ALPHA Network