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The authors of this article described the Sankofa project database system testing in Ghana, the first system in sub-Saharan Africa to use an electronic data capture tool for recording and managing clinical research data. The Sankofa Project database system is built on the open-source HUBzero software platform, which offers in-country research personnel interactive access to training in good clinical practices, guidelines and tools for data acquisition, and built-in analytics for the data acquired. It also offers fully supported user-friendly, secure, and systematic collection of all data envisioned for carrying out the Pediatric HIV Disclosure Intervention Study. The database was designed and developed from October 2012 to January 2013, and opened for participant screening and enrollment in February 2013. The authors screened more than 400 clients, enrolled nearly 300 clients, and collected tens of thousands of data elements to describe demographic, medical, and psychosocial events during the course of the study period. The database successfully supported all of the data exploration and analysis needs of the Sankofa Project. Moreover, the ability of the database to query and view data summaries proved to be an incentive for collecting complete and accurate data. The authors concluded that the Sankofa data management tool was cost-effective and could be deployed for clinical trials and translational research activities in other resource-limited settings.