SPD, a panel of 23 districts selected to provide nationally-representative data on demographic and health indicators. SPD has two arms, Sample Vital registration with Verbal autopsY (SAVVY) and Facility-Based Information System (FBIS).

SAVVY is a sample demographic surveillance system that provides nationally representative estimates of mortalities based on age, sex, residence and zone. SAVVY is most useful in low- and middle-income countries where vital events monitoring system is inadequate or unavailable. SAVVY covers about 2% of Tanzania Mainland population. SAVVY system is also capable of generating supplemental information from periodic surveys nested within the system.

FBIS, is a system for collecting routine national health management information data. FBIS collects data monthly through district health information system (DHIS), same as government-led and routine Health Management of Information System (HMIS). However, FBIS has value-added components of quality control and improved data completeness. FBIS covers all health facilities in SPD districts including both public and private, with about 35% coverage in Mainland Tanzania

SPD provides economical and a high quality platform for monitoring and evaluation, with an opportunity for fundamental and operational research, including health systems intervention and evaluation.


Data Resource Profile:
Gregory Kabadi, Eveline Geubbels, Isaac Lyatuu, Paul Smithson, Richard Amaro, Sylvia Memu, Joanna Schellenberge and Honorati Masanja
The Sentinel Panel of Districts (SPD) - Tanzania's national platform for health impact eveluation, Int. J. Epidemiol. first published online November 29th, 2014 doi:10.1093/ije/dyu223:download

Impact of offering rapid point of care CD4 testing in primary health clinics in Rural, Tanzanian, Master's Thesis, Caroline Shayo, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan. 2012

On parameter variation in the mathematical modeling of infectious diseases: Malaria, Master's Thesis, Isaac Lyatuu, Tennessee State University, USA. 2011.