About the Authors

Brigit Obrist

To whom correspondence should be addressed. E-mail: brigit.obrist@unibas.ch

Nelly Iteba
Christian Lengeler
Ahmed Makemba
Christopher Mshana
Rose Nathan
Sandra Alba
Angel Dillip
Manuel W Hetzel
Iddy Mayumana
Alexander Schulze
Hassan Mshinda

Competing Interests

AS works for the Novartis Foundation for Sustainable Development, which is fully funded by the pharmaceutical company Novartis. The Foundation works independently from the company's business and supports not-for-profit health programs in developing countries.

Author Contributions

BO and AS wrote the manuscript in collaboration with the other authors. BO, CL, and HM designed the ACCESS Programme. NI, AM, and CM were responsible for the development and implementation of the interventions. SA, AD, MWH, and IM were responsible for data collection and analysis. RN is in charge of the Demographic Surveillance Site and NI of the overall project management. All authors contributed to and approved the final manuscript.