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Local Burden of Disease Project

The Local Burden of Disease project at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) focuses on producing estimates of health outcomes and related measures that cover entire continents, while doing so at a very fine, local resolution. These estimates will 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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Connecting the Dots

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 – producing 5-by-5-kilometer estimates for entire continents and, eventually, the world – the Local Burden of Disease (LBD) team seeks 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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Early warning signals of malaria resurgence in Kericho, Kenya.

Biology Letters | 16(3): 2190713 | 2020 | 0 citation(s)

Harris, M.J., Hay, S.I. and Drake, J.M.

The global, regional, and national burden of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease in 195 countries and territories, 1990-2017: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2017.

The Lancet Gastroenterology and Hepatology | | 2020 | 0 citation(s)

Global Burden of Disease 2017 Gastro-oesophageal Reflux Disease Collaborators

Global trends of hand and wrist trauma: a systematic analysis of fracture and digit amputation using the Global Burden of Disease 2017 Study.

Injury Prevention | 26 | 2020 | 0 citation(s)

Crowe, C.S., Massenburg, B.B., Morrison, S.D., Chang, J., Friedrich, J.B., Abady, G.G., Alahdab, F., Alipour, V., Arabloo, J., Asaad, M., Banach, M., Bijani, A., Borzì, A.M., Briko, N.I., Castle, C.D., Cho, D.Y., Chung, M.T., Daryani, A., Demoz, G.T., Dingels, Z.V., Do, H.T., Fischer, F., Fox, J.T., Fukumoto, T., Gebre, A.K., Gebremichael, B., Haagsma, J.A., Haj-Mirzaian, A., Handiso, D.W., Hay, S.I., Hoang, C.L., Irvani, S.S.N., Jozwiak, J.J., Kalhor, R., Kasaeian, A., Khader, Y.S., Khalilov, R., Khan, E.A., Khundkar, R., Kisa, S., Kisa, A., Liu, Z., Majdan, M., Manafi, N., Manafi, A., Manda, A-L., Meretoja, T.J., Miller, T.R., Mohammadian-Hafshejani, A., Mohammadpourhodki, R., Mohseni Bandpei, M.A., Mokdad, A.H., Naimzada, M.D., Ndwandwe, D.E., Nguyen, C.T., Nguyen, H.L.T., Olagunju, A.T., Olagunju, T.O., Pham, H.Q., Pribadi, D.R.A., Rabiee, N., Ramezanzadeh, K., Ranganathan, K., Roberts, N.L.S., Roever, L., Safari, S., Samy, A.M., Sanchez Riera, L., Shahabi, S., Smarandache, C-G., Sylte, D.O., Tesfay, B.E., Tran, B.X., Ullah, I., Vahedi, P., Vahedian-Azimi, A., Vos, T., Woldeyes, D.H., Wondmieneh, A.B., Zhang, Z-J. and James, S.L.

Blog & Media

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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Celebrating Milestones

Milestones help us chart our lives: university graduation, first professional position, getting married, birth of a child, and many, many others. For my team at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) this week has marked an important milestone: publishing a study where we…

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