About Us

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 Longtudinal 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

GOAL OF THE PROJECT

Understanding non-communicable diseases (NCD) and the role of infection in Africa: Building a partnership to generate big data.

Vision

To provide greater understanding of the current status of chronic NCD, provide evidence for future prevention and management strategies and build platform for multi-site intervention development, monitoring and evaluation and health systems research.

Mission

Bringing together partners with NCD data collected in demographic surveillance sites to address important questions relevant to our setting.

Objectives

  • To create a partnership across multiple demographic sites and cohorts in Africa, providing technical support and expertise to harmonise data on risk factors and health outcomes associated with NCD for collaborative analyses.
  • To produce multi-site and site-specific analyses on mortality levels and changes related to baseline cardiometabolic risk factors.
  • To produce multi-site and site-specific analyses on prevalence and incidence of fatal HIV-related cancers.
  • To ensure dissemination of findings to national and international bodies
  • To explore sustainable funding models for future primary data collection and data pooling.

Funders

We appreciate core support from Medical Research Council.