Cohort Profile: The Malawi Longitudinal Study of Families and Health (MLSFH)

TitleCohort Profile: The Malawi Longitudinal Study of Families and Health (MLSFH)
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsKohler, Hans-Peter, Susan C. Watkins, Jere R. Behrman, Philip Anglewicz, Iliana V. Kohler, Rebecca L. Thornton, James Mkandawire, Hastings Honde, Augustine Hawara, Ben Chilima, Chiwoza Bandawe, Victor Mwapasa, Peter Fleming, and Linda Kalilani-Phiri
JournalInternational Journal of Epidemiology
ISBN Number1464-3685 (Electronic)0300-5771 (Linking)
Accession NumberPMID: 24639448
AbstractThe Malawi Longitudinal Study of Families and Health (MLSFH) is one of very few long-standing, publicly available longitudinal cohort studies in a sub-Saharan African (SSA) context. It provides a rare record of more than a decade of demographic, socioeconomic and health conditions in one of the world's poorest countries. The MLSFH was initially established in 1998 to study social network influences on fertility behaviours and HIV risk perceptions, and over time the focus of the study expanded to include health, sexual behaviours, intergenerational relations and family/household dynamics. The currently available data include MLSFH rounds collected in 1998, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012 for up to 4 000 individuals, providing information about socioeconomic and demographic characteristics, sexual behaviours, marriage, household/family structure, risk perceptions, social networks and social capital, intergenerational relations, HIV/AIDS and other dimensions of health. The MLSFH public use data can be requested on the project website: