Key to VIDA’s research agenda is disease surveillance which is essential for monitoring emerging patterns and trends of communicable and non-communicable diseases and evaluating impact of interventions on such trends. Realising that health is a multi-directional construct within a given context, our surveillance approach recognises the complex and dynamic interaction between biology (physiological-neurological systems) and the environment (individual-family-community-society-policy) and how these individually, collectively and cumulatively influence health throughout the life-course.
Capitalising on gains realised, through surveillance and research within VIDA in improving maternal and child health, our surveillance is aimed at accumulating data that will inform on interventions, policy and practice that reduces premature deaths post the childhood phase. The ultimate goal is to attract and conduct cutting-edge epidemiological surveillance and research involving women of childbearing age, children, young adults, older adults and the elderly. This vision maximises the utility of population level individual and household information collected in a longitudinal manner and provides holistic health data.