Data Resource Profile: Network for Analysing Longitudinal Population-based HIV/AIDS data on Africa (ALPHA Network)
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The Network for Analysing Longitudinal Population-based HIV/AIDS data on Africa (ALPHA Network) was established in 2005 and aims to: (i) broaden the evidence base on HIV epidemiology for informing policy; (ii) strengthen analytical capacity for HIV research; and (iii) foster collaboration between study sites.1 All of the study sites participating in the ALPHA Network are independently managed and have their own scientific agendas and tailored research methodologies, but share a common interest in HIV epidemiology and its interactions with the socio-demographic characteristics of the populations they cover. The ALPHA Network study sites and their institutional affiliations are described in Table 1, and their geographical distribution is shown in Figure 1. Several of the ALPHA Network study sites have published site-specific profiles that contain more detail.2–10 Most of the ALPHA Network study sites are also members of the INDEPTH Network of demographic surveillance sites [http:// www.indepth-network.org/].
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