Despite the serious health problems that South Africa has faced in recent decades, including the HIV/AIDS epidemic, detailed information on the health of the nation’s population has not been collected and processed systematically. This makes it hard to plan effectively for health services and to make best use of the resources allocated to health care. In 2017 the South African government committed to long-term funding for SAPRIN, a series of population surveillance sites across the country which will systematically collect data on people’s health in selected sub-districts. This STIAS project is intended to support the analysis of the early data from the SAPRIN sites, developing and using the best scientific methods for this purpose, so that much better quality information becomes available to South Africa’s health planners. The project will also build capacity for routinely processing the SAPRIN data on an on-going basis.
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