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Africa news roundup: 19-25 April

South Africa releases giant population health data set, African archaeologist to study pre-colonial cities from Oxford, Ruforum falls short on gender equality in latest rounds, and more…

SA releases massive health data haul

Researchers in South Africa have released a trove of health population data, which scientists are free to access. The data was produced by the South African Population Infrastructure Network, which is hosted by the South African Medical Research Council. The data was collected at three sites with more than 300,000 inhabitants from 1993-2017. The SAPRIN scientists say the data could be used for research and calibration of national datasets, statistics triangulation, population research, policymaking and training of scientists. "It is a national asset that will support research on population and health dynamics for us to understand the causes and outcomes of population processes and strengthen the value of national datasets,” said Mark Collinson, SAPRIN co-director, in a statement.

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