Utah Valley Global Health Group

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New Spreadsheet on Under Five Mortality Rates (with some thoughts on disease advocacy)

Posted by ryanlindsay on June 17, 2008

Here is an excellent spreadsheet made available through some listserve discussions through the CORE group. The spreadsheet is being used by the Child Health Epidemiology Reference Group (CHERG), Partnership for Maternal, Neonatal, and Child Health (PMNCH), and the Countdown to 2015 Group. Its modeling methods are explained in the 2003 Child Survival Lancet series (another excellent resource). The 2003 version was updated recently and this is the latest version (2007).

This data is objective and comes as a great resource in the midst of a heated discussion with regards to disease advocacy and funding wars currently raging in the global health realm. The battle really was set off after Roger England questioned HIV/AIDS funding. For example, this mortality data shows HIV/AIDS as the number cause of mortality in one country, South Africa. Some diseases (especially HIV/AIDS) get more social arousal than the very unflattering diarrhea. Should funding ever be disease-specific?


3 Responses to “New Spreadsheet on Under Five Mortality Rates (with some thoughts on disease advocacy)”

  1. Ayesha said

    Hey its a really nice article.
    By the way here’s the link for the community united for the same cause

  2. Kirk Dearden said

    Thanks Ryan. Would that all of our efforts in international health be evidence based. This tool is a very helpful start in the right direction. For those of you who haven’t signed up for the CORE group listserve, you might consider doing so. Go to coregroup.org for more information. As Ryan indicates, there are lots of interesting discussions on various topics including whether we should be more or less disease focused. Opinions?

  3. chads said

    I also recommend the CORE group list serve. The CORE group is a great resource for NGOs here in the states involved in global health.

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