The 13th INDEPTH ISC/AGM International Conference held in Addis Ababa


By Ebrahim Seid/ Public and International Relations Directorate

The 13th INDEPTH ISC/AGM international conference has successfully conducted from November 11th -13th 2015 in Ghion Hotel Addis Ababa Ethiopia under the theme of “Health and Demographic Research to Inform the Post-2015 Development Agenda”. International Network for the Demographic Evolution of Population and Their Health (INDEPTH) is a network of Health and Demographic Surveillance System (HDSS) all over the world. INDEPTH continue to organize International Scientific Conference (ISC) and Annual General Meeting (AGM). ISC focuses on scientific findings of research activities in member centers and AGM deals with administrative and policy issues of member centers and the network.


ISC-2015 has been hosted by Haramaya, Addis Ababa, Gondar, Jimma and Mekele Universities in collaboration with INDEPTH, WHO and the FDRE Ministry of Health.The conference was officially opened by the honorable guest H.E Dr. Amir Aman the State Minister of Health of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. During his opening remark Dr. Amir emphasizes reliable, timely and accurate data are basic for better health policy formulation.


The Executive Director of INDEPTH, Prof. Osman Sankoh, and INDEPTH Board Chair Prof. Marcel Tanner were also among the many renowned and distinguished scholars who attended and gave a speech during the conference.

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The prime objective of the conference was to create an opportunity for its members and partners to share their experiences and key research findings and proposed research using primarily data from Health and Demographic Surveillance Systems (HDSSs).

Haramaya University has boldly participated in the conference through exhibiting and circulating scientific journals, promotional items and other information brochures to participants of the event. In the event Prof. Chemeda Fininsa, President of Haramaya University, Prof. Nigussie Dechassa, Vice-president of Research affairs and Mr. Desalegn Admasuu Dean of College of Health and Medical Sciences were in attendance. Prof. Chemeda Fininisa, also gave a key note address during the conference.


In the three day conference held at the Ghion Hotel various scientific papers have been presented and fruitful discussions were held both on plenary and parallel sessions. Dr. Nega Assefa(PhD) Site lead of Kersa Health and Demographic Surveillance System (Kersa HDSS) has presented a scientific paper on Neonatal and Infant mortality and causes of death in Kersa Health and demographic Surveillance System in the period from 2008-2013 at Tana hall-1. In addition, Mr. Wondimye Ashenafi, Mr. Desalew Zelalem, Dr. Yadeta Dessie and Mr. Abere Shiferaw all from Haramaya University have presented their papers in the forum. Mr. Abere Shiferahu was participant of young scientist forum among the 9 researchers selected from all over the world. Editors of the Lancet have presented how to write a publishable article to the young scientists.


The conference has brought together 350 participants from HDSS in the world from 22 countries, 38 HDSS leaders, INDEPTH board Members, INDEPTH Scientific Committee including Prof. Peter Byas a prominent scientist, editors of the Lancet, editors of Global Public health, chair-person of the African Public Health Association, 14 University president or vice-presidents which do not have HDSS, six University Presidents and or Vice Presidents where the six HDSS in Ethiopia located, Representatives of Embassies, Save the Children, WHO, and key researchers from Stanford University have also been among the participants.

In a dinner reception held at the Ghion Hotel, HE Dr. Kesatebirhan Admasse, Minister of Health, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, has been acknowledged the INDEPTH for having the chance given Ethiopia to host the conference and appreciated the participants for the fruitful deliberation they have had during their stay in Ethiopia. He also pledged that his ministry will strengthen relations with all stakeholders to ensure that it gets the necessary information needed for informed decision making.


The ISC INDEPTH Scientific Conference was completed by electing four INDEPTH board members replacing those finishing their tenure. Prof. Alemayehu Worku of Addis Ababa University is among the four scientists selected for INDEPTH board member. At the conclusion of the program, Uganda and Thailand were given the chance to host the AGM in 2016 and ISC in 2017, respectively.

INDEPTH is a pioneer in health and population research, providing robust answers to some of the most important questions in development. Through its global network of health and demographic surveillance system (HDSS) field sites in Africa, Asia and Oceania, it is capable of producing reliable longitudinal data not only about the lives of people in low- and middle-income countries, but also about the impact on those lives of development policies and programs.


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