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Local Burden of Disease Team

The LBD 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.

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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, so that health policy decisions can be tailored for local areas rather than entire countries.

While global- and national-level estimates have been 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.

How can local-level estimates be used?

Local estimates of health-related measures allow officials and researchers to tailor health interventions in innovative ways, such as:

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