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South Africa

The South African cohort will consist of teachers, recruited through their school principals. This population was chosen as being evenly dispersed in urban and rural areas throughout the country, and encompassing all ethnic/linguistic groups.

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Uganda will host two cohorts enrolling participants from two geographic areas, one in Wakiso District, a peri-urban community 1.5 hours north of the capital Kampala, and the second in Bushenyi District, a rural south-western district.

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The Nigerian cohort will consist of nurses, midwives, and physicians recruited from official licensing rolls. It is estimated that there are 136,000 registered nurses and midwives and 35,000 physicians in Nigeria. It is also planned to recruit family members of these health professionals.

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The cohort from Tanzania will comprise of primary school teachers from public schools of mainland Tanzania. Tanzania mainland is estimated to have 11,377 public primary schools. There are 103,731 registered primary school teachers in mainland Tanzania.

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Harvard Coordinating Center

In conjunction with African colleagues, the team at Harvard School of Public Health will make innovative use of technology to keep costs down, work with African colleagues to develop a comprehensive biobank to enable cutting edge molecular studies, and provide a fertile training ground in innovative research and help create viable career paths for African scientists.

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PaCT seeks to better quantify the magnitude of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), discover risk factors for NCDs in Africa and how they interact with the African genome, train a new generation of public health researchers and practitioners, pave the way for innovative methods of data collection employing the latest mobile technology and techniques in computational social science, and spur a wave of social entrepreneurism geared toward chronic disease management, continuous assessment of health, and public health prevention.

Pilot Studies

Pilot studies, that capture the demographics, lifestyle factors, and chronic disease incidence have concluded in all five African sites. This preliminary information collected from the pilot phase will guide and inform the next and larger phase of the initiative.

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Full Study

PaCT will be a landmark study with immense capacity to influence health in Africa and around the world well into the 21st century. Approximately 500,000 study participants from the five African sites will be enrolled over a five-year period.

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A major part of Africa/HSPH PaCT's innovation is research on cell phone use in scientific studies in Africa. Mobile phones offer entirely new opportunities for cost-effective, large-scale longitudinal studies.

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