The South African Population Research Infrastructure Network (SAPRIN) is a partnership between public, and academic institutions, aiming to produce high-quality research. It is part of the Department of Science and Innovation's (DSI) strategy to enhance research capacity in the country and aligns with the DSI's South African Research Infrastructure Roadmap (SARIR).
SAPRIN is a valuable resource for researchers and policymakers working to improve the health and wellbeing of South African communities. Through its focus on collaboration, partnership, and ethical research practices, SAPRIN is helping to build a more robust and responsive research infrastructure in South Africa, and to support evidence-based decision-making and policy development.Read More
The Health and Socio-Demographic Surveillance System focuses on collecting and analysing key indicators at the individual and household levels, including:
This includes the tracking of births and deaths, with a particular emphasis on understanding the causes of mortality.
Tracking population movement is crucial for understanding demographic trends and patterns within the communities.
Assessing the socio-economic conditions of individuals and households helps shed light on the inequalities and challenges they face.
Continuous surveillance of diseases and their impact on the population provides valuable information for targeted interventions and public health planning.
This includes assessing indicators such as labour status, education, and social protection to understand the overall welfare of the population.
The South African Population Research Infrastructure Network (SAPRIN) comprises Health and Demographic Surveillance System (HDSS) Nodes. Its primary objective is to enhance health, social, and economic well-being in disadvantaged and rapidly changing populations. SAPRIN also aims to establish connections with other research infrastructures funded by the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), focusing on environmental observation, digital languages, and genetics/genomics research.