Cholera incidence in Kasese district Uganda. Map by Ente Rood KIT 2012

Cholera incidence in Kasese district Uganda. Map by Ente Rood KIT 2012

Epidemiology

KIT Health has an extensive track record investigating the patterns, causes, and impact of disease on public health. Our work informs decision makers and supports evidence-based practice for preventive healthcare and policy development. In this way we aim to ensure that our results are translated into tools, tailored to the needs of people who can act upon them, as we continuously strive to develop locally applicable solutions.

The numbers tell the tale

Diseases occur within a complex interplay of the social, cultural and environmental circumstances that people are exposed to in their daily lives. Many of these factors are in a dynamic state of change, evolving over time as they interact with each other, driving the emergence of disease.

However, wherever health problems are severe and resources scarce, there is no room to experimentally determine which interventions to undertake. To know which interventions will be effective under varying circumstances, it is essential to move from raw numbers to analytically sound and evidence-based interventions.

KIT Health develops and advises on the implementation of various data collection, processing, and analysis frameworks and supports health initiatives to evaluate their impact. We recognise the importance of embedding our solutions into local public health systems and procedures. Therefore, we invest in the translation and dissemination of our findings into policy, advice and practical guidelines for health practitioners closing the chain of evidence-based health care.

Making sense out of numbers

KIT Health has expertise in innovative, interactive and dynamic data collection and management systems, including geographical data analysis and visualisations. We build on considerable thematic experience through our work with a range of public, private, non-governmental and multilateral organisations.

We use our knowledge and experience to determine priorities for healthcare issues on a national and regional level, for example by systematic reviews and research synthesis based on qualitative and quantitative research findings. We co-design population-based research projects, interventions and policies. Our monitoring and evaluation activities provide the evidence to present to funders and beneficiaries – as well as society at large – about the benefits of an intervention.

With a long history of partnerships with governments, institutes and NGOs in low- to middle-income countries, we are always keen to collaborate with local partners.

Selected publications