INDEPTH is a pioneer in health and population research, providing robust answers to the most important questions in development. Through its global network of health and demographic surveillance system (HDSS) field sites in Africa, Asia and Oceania, it is the only organisation in the world capable of producing reliable longitudinal data not only about the lives of people in low- and middle-income countries, but about the impact on those lives of development policies and programmes.
Throughout most of low- and middle-income countries, billions of people are born and die without any registration. Their lives go unrecorded and are unable to influence health and social policies and programming. But this is not true of over 3 million people who live in the 48 populations covered by the health and demographic surveillance systems (HDSSs) that are members of the INDEPTH Network, run by 41 research centres in 20 countries in Africa, Asia and Oceania. Making their lives count for health and social policy has been the aim of the INDEPTH Network since its start in 1998. Now, summary statistics from these HDSSs will be much more widely available through INDEPTHStats, a website developed by the INDEPTH Network for visualising key demographic indicators.