10 November 2017
Of the three current SAPRIN Nodes, namely, MRC/Wits Agincourt Health and Demographic Surveillance System (HDSS), U. Limpopo Dikgale HDSS, and the Africa Health Research Institute, it is Dikgale that has received the highest infrastructure development fund in the first tranche from the Department of Science and Technology (DST). The aim is to build a Research Centre on campus at the University of Limpopo from which the Dikgale HDSS operations will be based. Here will be seated the research leaders, field staff and supervisors, community engagement staff, call-centre operators, and PhD students working on research projects.
On Friday 10th November, SAPRIN Director, Prof Mark Collinson and Deputy Director, Dr Kobus Herbst, visited U. Limpopo to discuss the building project and other matters with Dikgale HDSS leaders, Prof Marianne Alberts, Director and Dr Eric Maimela, Deputy Director. The picture shows the leaders on-site inspecting the building. Dr Herbst gave advice on how the call-centre should be positioned, and how cabling should be brought in.
Other issues discussed in their visit included strengthening the Dikgale HDSS management and technical team, consolidating the transition to the SAPRIN common scientific protocol, and, in the medium term, expanding the size of the population enrolled in the Dikgale Health and Demographic Surveillance System.