ABACUS is an INDEPTH project on community-based antibiotic access and use. The ABACUS Project assesses and compares community-based antibiotic access and consumption, and the factors that underpin them, in six countries in Africa and Asia.

A three day workshop was organized by INDEPTH from 2 – 4 May 2017 at the Witts School of Public Health, University of Witwatersrand, in Johannesburg, South Africa. Participants were from six countries in Africa and Asia including Ghana, South Africa and Mozambique in Africa and Bangladesh, Vietnam and Thailand in Asia. In all seven HDSS were represented with two participants from each site. (Dodowa, Kintampo, Manhica, Agincourt, Kanchanaburi, Filabavi, and Chakaria HDSS)

In attendance were Prof. John Kinsman the facilitator for workshop as well as a co- principal Investigator and Peter Asiedu from the INDEPTH Resource and Training Centre in Accra, who is the project coordinator for Africa. Mrs Sheila Addei and Mrs Sabina Asiamah members of the ABACUS team at Dodowa represented the team at the workshop.


The aim of the workshop was to develop a unified approach and clear timelines for the analysis and write up of the qualitative data. It was also to develop a set of questions for use in the survey based on the preliminary quantitative findings.