Evaluation of a village-informant driven demographic surveillance system in Karonga, Northern Malawi


Jahn, A; Crampin, AC; Glynn, JR; Mwinuka, V; Mwaiyeghele, E; Mwafilaso, J; Branson, K; McGrath, N; Fine, PEM; Zaba, B; (2007) Evaluation of a village-informant driven demographic surveillance system in Karonga, Northern Malawi. Demographic Research, 16. pp. 219-247. ISSN 1435-9871

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Abstract

This paper describes and evaluates the first demographic surveillance system (DSS) in Malawi, covering a rural population of 30,000. Unlike others, the Karonga DSS relies on trained village informants using formatted registers for the primary notification of vital events and migrations. Seven project enumerators subsequently collect detailed data on events notified by the village informants, using stringent identification procedures for households and individuals. Internal movements are traced systematically to augment event registration and data quality. Continuous evaluation of data collection is built into the methods. A re-census conducted after 2 years indicated that the routine system had registered 97% of 1,588 births, 99% of 521 deaths and 92% of 13,168 movements.

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Population Health (2012- ) > Dept of Population Studies (1974-2012)
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Population Health (2012- )
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Research Centre: Population Studies Group
Web of Science ID: 245117400001
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/10009

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