South African Population Research
Infrastructure Network


On-the-job training for Joseph Tlouyamma, Dikgale HDSS Data Manager, at the Africa Health Research Institute

8 May 2018

Joseph Tlouyamma, the Dikgale Health and Demographic Surveillance System (HDSS) Data Manager, spent two weeks in residence at the Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI), from 19 February – 3 March 2018, learning about their electronic data collection system to implement an equivalent system at the U. Limpopo.

SAPRIN HDSS Nodes have a great track record in supporting each other. The Dikgale HDSS at the University of Limpopo is transitioning to running their census operations on hand-held tablets that allow electronic data capture in household and individual interviews. The data system is a custom-designed SQL Server relational database, and the data collection system is a custom-designed Survey Solutions application. Key people involved in the training were: Tinofa Mutevedzi, (SAPRIN Research Operations Manager) who set up and supported the training; Prof Marianne Alberts (Dikgale HDSS Director) who committed Dikgale resources and gave unstinting support, Dr Kobus Herbst (SAPRIN Deputy Director; AHRI Chief Information Officer) who leads the AHRI team and committed time and resources; and the team of trainers at AHRI were: Day Munatsi, (Head of Research Data Systems), Dickman Gareta (Head of Research Data Management), and Eugene Ehlers (Data Systems Developer). We are very grateful to AHRI for this support.