On Monday 23rd May, The Centre received a delegation of four people from INDEPTH Network. The delegation were among participants that attended INDEPTH workshop on “ Opportunities and Approaches for Integrating Mortality Surveillance Systems ” which was held in Accra from 24th-26th May, 2016. The objective of the visit was to have a practical insight of how Dodowa HDSS collaborates with the Births and Deaths registry to enhance the completion of Civil Registration of Vital Statistics (CRVS).
The delegation which included Prof. Don de Savigny from Swiss TPH, Mr. Emmanuel Nana Poku of Ghana Statistical Service, Ms. Fidelia Dakes from University of Ghana RIPS, and Evelyn Potakey from the INDEPTH Network were welcomed by the director of DHRC, Dr. Margaret Gyapong, who later made a wonderful presentation on the operations of Dodowa HDSS and its linkage with the Births and Deaths registry for complementing birth registration in the demographic surveillance area.
The team later toured through the District Births and Deaths Registry to have an overview of the processes of births and deaths registration.
Ms. Priscilla Anim, The District Registration Officer briefed the team about her work and how they link up with DHRC in birth registration.
“The registry has only one office and a staff and we do not have the logistics to go to the hinterlands to get the people registered, so the research centre help us by getting a lot of children to register ”, said Ms. Priscilla Anim.
Prof. Don de Savigny thanked Ms. Anim for the opportunity and good work despite their challenges. He further stated that, the Accra workshop is intended to bring stakeholders from HDSS sites and civil registrations systems in Ghana and other countries to discuss how their activities can be linked up to ensuring timely completion of CRVS.