Funding for this research was provided by:
South African Medical Research Council (Career Development Award)
Swedish International Development Agency (Sida: 2012- 000379)
Wallonia-Brussels Federation of Belgium (Grant No: 95284)
National Research Foundation, South Africa (Grant No: 95284)
Text and Data Mining valid from 2018-07-27
Received: 29 January 2018
Accepted: 16 July 2018
First Online: 27 July 2018
Ethics approval and consent to participate
: Ethics clearance for HDSS data collection has been obtained from the research review boards of each participating HDSS site. The Agincourt HDSS data collection activities, including the collection of verbal autopsies, were reviewed and approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee (Medical) of the University of the Witwatersrand (protocols M960720 and M110138). The Africa Health Research Institute (formerly Africa Centre) HDSS has been reviewed and approved by the Biomedical Research Ethics Committee at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (Certification numbers: BF233/09 and E009/00).The Kisumu HDSS research operations have been approved by the Institutional Review Board of the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), SSC (#1801), and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC # 3308). Ethics approval for the Nairobi HDSS has been provided by the Scientific and Ethics Review Unit (SERU) of the Kenya Medical Research Insititute (KEMRI) (reference number 271 A).The process of obtaining consent is standard across all INDEPTH (ExternalRef removed) HDSSs. Informed verbal consent is obtained at each surveillance visit from the head of the household (or an eligible adult in the household). The verbal informed consent process is conducted by a trained local fieldworker. The fieldworker explains, using the local language, the purpose and aims of the household visit. Confidentiality protections for the individual and the right to refuse to participate or withdraw from the study are communicated to prospective respondents. Consent is obtained before conducting interviews.
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