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Precision Public Health

The Local Burden of Disease project (2015-2020) at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) focused on producing estimates of health outcomes and related measures that cover entire continents, while doing so at a very fine, local resolution. These estimates allow decision-makers to target resources and health interventions precisely, for maximum impact, so that health policy decisions can be tailored for local areas rather than entire countries.

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Global Burden of Disease Integration

While global- and national-level estimates are essential to understanding overarching trends in child mortality, infectious diseases, access to clean water, and other health-related topics, they can mask local variations within national borders.

Combining local detail with broad coverage as part of the Global Burden of Disease – producing district-level estimates for the world – the aim is to give health officials everywhere the tools to make locally informed decisions and, in the process, help all people live longer, healthier lives.

Mapping local variation in educational attainment across Africa

Nature | 55(7694): 48-53 | 2018 | 19 citation(s)

Mapping child growth failure in Africa between 2000 and 2015

Nature | 55(7694): 41-47 | 2018 | 35 citation(s)

Mapping exclusive breastfeeding in Africa between 2000 and 2017

Nature Medicine | 25(8): 1205-1212 | 3 citation(s)

Identifying residual hotspots and mapping lower respiratory infection morbidity and mortality in African children from 2000 to 2017

Nature Microbiology | 4(12): 2310-2318 | 2019

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Mapping child growth failure across low- and middle-income countries.

Nature | 577(7789): 231-234 | 2020

Mapping disparities in education across low- and middle-income countries

Nature | 577(7789): 235-238| 2020

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Evolving subnational inequities in U5M

Investigating local variation in child health is a critical first step towards understanding the successes of the U5M Global Health Exemplar countries.

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Rethinking Ways to Address Child Growth Failure

Precision health mapping of regional and local targets would help steer limited resources to the places of greatest need.

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