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Mekelle University

Kilite Awilaelo Health and Demographic Surveillance System



About KA-HDSS Project:                      

Kilite Awlaelo Health and Demographic Surveillance System (MU-KA-HDSS) is a project located in Northern Ethiopia and hosted by Mekelle University. It was established in April, 2009 to produce reliable information using survey data that looks on longitudinal epidemiologic and population dynamics. The site has three climatic zones (low land, midland and high land). During the establishment of the KA-HDSS, there were 10 kebeles (9 rural and 1 urban) with population of about 66,453 individuals living in 14,453.

Currently (January, 2019), the project has made 13 update rounds with population of 106,555 living in 21,688 households in 12 kebeles (9 rural and 3 urban). A. house to house visit is done to capture information regarding, individual, pregnancy observation, pregnancy outcome, death, birth and migration. Events are collected when occurred and updated every six months.


The general objective of this project is to generate reliable evidence for policy regarding the demographic and health related issues of the population residing in the site so that appropriate intervention would be taken.

Specific objectives:

  • To identify the changes in the health of the people in the site over time.
  • To determine demographic changes of the population in the site overtime.
  • To determine major causes of morbidity and mortality in the site
  • To disseminate findings to the scientific community as well as to policy makers

KA-HDSS Partners:

The KA_HDSS is collaborating with the Ethiopian universities research centers’ Network to generate national level evidence using a pooled data. The KA-HDSS is also collaborating with FMOH, EPHA, CDC, RHB and other research institutes.