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Int J Epidemiol. 2015 Apr;44(2):394-404. doi: 10.1093/ije/dyu049. Epub 2014 Mar 16.

Cohort Profile: The Malawi Longitudinal Study of Families and Health (MLSFH).

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1
Department of Sociology and Population Studies Center and Department of Economics and Population Studies Center, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA, School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine and Department of Global Health Systems and Development, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, USA, Population Aging Research Center (PARC) and PSC Research, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA, Department of Economics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA, Invest in Knowledge (IKI), Zomba, Malawi, Community Health Sciences Unit, Ministry of Health and Population, Lilonge, Malawi, Department of Mental Health and Department of Epidemiology and Community Health, College of Medicine, University of Malawi, Blantyre, Malawi hpkohler@pop.upenn.edu.
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Department of Sociology and Population Studies Center and Department of Economics and Population Studies Center, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA, School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine and Department of Global Health Systems and Development, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, USA, Population Aging Research Center (PARC) and PSC Research, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA, Department of Economics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA, Invest in Knowledge (IKI), Zomba, Malawi, Community Health Sciences Unit, Ministry of Health and Population, Lilonge, Malawi, Department of Mental Health and Department of Epidemiology and Community Health, College of Medicine, University of Malawi, Blantyre, Malawi.
3
Market Researcher at Facebook, 1601 Willow Rd, Menlo Park, CA 94025 and Co-founder of Invest in Knowledge Malawi (IKI Malawi), San Francisco, CA 94129, USA.
4
Department of Community Health and Research Support Centre, College of Medicine, University of Malawi, Blantyre, Malawi.

Abstract

The Malawi Longitudinal Study of Families and Health (MLSFH) is one of very few long-standing, publicly available longitudinal cohort studies in a sub-Saharan African (SSA) context. It provides a rare record of more than a decade of demographic, socioeconomic and health conditions in one of the world's poorest countries. The MLSFH was initially established in 1998 to study social network influences on fertility behaviours and HIV risk perceptions, and over time the focus of the study expanded to include health, sexual behaviours, intergenerational relations and family/household dynamics. The currently available data include MLSFH rounds collected in 1998, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012 for up to 4000 individuals, providing information about socioeconomic and demographic characteristics, sexual behaviours, marriage, household/family structure, risk perceptions, social networks and social capital, intergenerational relations, HIV/AIDS and other dimensions of health. The MLSFH public use data can be requested on the project website: http://www.malawi.pop.upenn.edu/.

PMID:
24639448
PMCID:
PMC4469793
DOI:
10.1093/ije/dyu049
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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