The pattern of mortality in a region generally allows specific conclusions to be drawn about how illness and early death can be avoided preventively. However, reliable data for the rural and remote areas of sub-Saharan regions are not available. Most people in communities outside a health care system live and die without ever being registered in life.
Statements on the health situation of people in remote regions all over sub-Saharan African countries as well as Ivory Coast are based on data from regional centers. One of these is the Taabo Health and Demographic Surveillance System (HDSS), founded in 2008, covering the health and death rates of around 40,000 inhabitants of the small town of Taabo Cité, 13 main villages and over 100 districts in the south of the Côte d’Ivoire.
Responsible for the collection and evaluation of data is the “Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientifiques en Côte d’Ivoire” in Abidjan together with the “Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute” in Basel. The ”Taabo HDSS” is a member of the “International Network for the Continuous Demographic Assessment of Populations and Health” (INDEPTH), is based on its standards and regularly publishes reports.
Read and see more:
Kone et al. The Health and Demographic Surveillance System (HDSS) Profile. The Taabo Health and Demographic Surveillance System. Côte d’Ivoire. International Journal of Epidemiology, 2014, 1–11. doi: 10.1093/ije/dyu221. Available via: http://www.indepth-network.org/sites/indepth.mrmdev.co.uk/files/content/centres/files/Taabo%20Profile.pdf
INDEPTH – Network. Website: http://www.indepth-network.org/