From Global to Local: Introducing the Local Burden of Disease Project


While global- and national-level estimates are essential to understanding overarching trends in health and health related outcomes, having access to local-level estimates allows health policy decisions to be tailored precisely for local areas rather than entire countries. Combining this level of detail with broad coverage would give health officials everywhere the tools to make locally informed decisions to better track health trends and evaluate progress towards goals, target the best use of limited funds and use precise information to direct health interventions.  

The Local Burden of Disease (LBD) project at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) aims to produce estimates of health outcomes and related measures that cover entire continents, but to do so at a very fine, local resolution.

This talk, led by Prof. Simon Hay (Director, Local Burden of Disease, IHME), will introduce the LBD project, explore the data and models used to produce local level estimates, present Under-5 mortality (U5M) and other results for low and middle income countries and discuss the impact of these findings. We believe this is a key path to resolving geographical inequality.

About the speaker

Simon Hay

Professor Simon Iain Hay

Simon I Hay, DPhil, DSc, FMedSci is a Professor in the Department of Health Metrics Sciences, in the School of Medicine at the University of Washington, and Director of the Local Burden of Disease group at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. Professor Hay obtained his doctorates from the University of Oxford where he remains a member of congregation. He has published >400 peer-reviewed and other publications with a h-index of 112. He was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (RSTMH) in 2012 and served as its 52nd President (2013-2015). Prof. Hay has received numerous awards, notably the Back Award of the Royal Geographical Society (2012), for research contributing to public health policy and the Bailey K. Ashford Medal (2013) and the Chalmers Medal (2015) of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and the RSTMH respectively, for distinguished work in tropical medicine. He was elected to the fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2015.


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