Friday, December 3, 2010

[EQ] Estimates of global health indicators - PLoS series

Global Health Estimates

PLoS Medicine - Published 30 November 2010

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“……Estimates of global health indicators—which give insight into death and disease rates, document advances in development, and help policymakers monitor progress—are absolutely essential for improving global health.
Estimates, however, are always imperfect and are sometimes fiercely debated. Recently, new players from academia have entered the game of global health estimation, once the chief domain of United Nations agencies such as WHO.

This has created some controversy but also an opportunity to reflect. In November 2010, PLoS Medicine published a cluster of six articles from a series of experts that provide insights and opinion on what estimates mean for global health and how to move forward with better data, measurement, coordination, and leadership.

The cluster includes the perspectives of WHO, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), and stakeholders from low- and middle-income countries, as well as the PLoS Medicine Editors…..”

Can We Count on Global Health Estimates?

Published 30 Nov 2010 | info:doi/10.1371/journal.pmed.1001002

The Imperfect World of Global Health Estimates

Peter Byass: Published 30 Nov 2010 | info:doi/10.1371/journal.pmed.1001006

WHO and Global Health Monitoring: The Way Forward

J. Ties Boerma, Colin Mathers, Carla Abou-Zahr: Published 30 Nov 2010 | info:doi/10.1371/journal.pmed.1000373

Production and Analysis of Health Indicators: The Role of Academia

Christopher J. L. Murray, Alan D. Lopez
Published 30 Nov 2010 | info:doi/10.1371/journal.pmed.1001004

Global Health Estimates: Stronger Collaboration Needed with Low- and Middle-Income Countries

Osman Sankoh Published 30 Nov 2010 | info:doi/10.1371/journal.pmed.1001005

A Call for Responsible Estimation of Global Health

Wendy J. Graham, Sam Adjei Published 30 Nov 2010 | info:doi/10.1371/journal.pmed.1001003

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