01 February 2018 Volume :6 Issue :1

Data Palooza Victory for UKZN PhD student and Aussie colleague

Data Palooza Victory for UKZN PhD student and Aussie colleague
Mr Salut Muhidin and Mr Tesleem Kayode Babalola.

UKZN College of Health Services PhD student Mr Tesleem Kayode Babalola and a student colleague from Australia teamed up to win the Longitudinal Data Palooza event organised by the DST/MRC South African Population Research Infrastructure Network (SAPRIN).

Babalola’s team mate was Mr Salut Muhidin of Macquarie University in Sydney, who is currently at Statistics South Africa’s provincial office in Cape Town.

Convened by SAPRIN Director, Professor Mark Collinson and Dr Kobus Herbst, the Longitudinal SAPRIN Data Palooza is an intensive hands-on analytic workshop event.

Analysts were given the opportunity to explore harmonised data from Health, Demographic and Socio-Economic Surveillance (HDSS) sites in South Africa which make up the DST/ SAPRIN.

Longitudinal data was collected beforehand from three South African HDSS sites – the Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI), Dikgale and Agincourt - since their inception, involving about 400 000 individuals and more than four million person years of observation.

Teams comprising participants from across the world were given a hands-on opportunity to explore the longitudinal dataset with the task of developing an analysis idea or to undertake an analysis or data visualisation on the data.

The analysis idea and data visualisation termed: Youth Transition to Adulthood, created by Babalola and Muhidin was voted the best analysis idea.

‘We used SAPRIN data to address the problems of the high unemployment rate, the low level of formal literacy and the poor family structure/sexual relationship crisis among the South African youth,’ said Babalola.

Babalola is currently a Public Health Medicine doctoral student investigating the technical efficiency of Public Sector district hospitals in KwaZulu-Natal under the supervision of Professor Indres Moodley.

Words: Nombuso Dlamini

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