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Data, science and achieving the sustainable development goals

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15/10/2019 - 13:00 to 14:00
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The George Institute for Global Health
Level 5, 1 King Street, Newtown

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To create policies that have the most impact, we need reliable information. And as we know, access to reliable information differs around the world, particularly in low and middle income countries.
So how can health researchers, policy makers and the community work together to achieve the best outcomes?

One example we know we need to pull together on is the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal 3.
SDG 3 aims to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages. It includes ambitious and important targets for reducing maternal mortality, lowering child mortality, and a reduction in premature deaths due to non-communicable disease by 2030.
In order to meet these targets, we need information about who is dying, where, and from what? This information is not easily available for the majority of deaths occurring in low and middle income countries.

We are now understanding more, thanks to a major health information-strengthening effort.

This panel presentation brings two leading experts together, Associate Professors Abraham Flaxman and Rohina Joshi. Following their presentations at the American Association for Advancement of Science Annual Meeting earlier this year, this session will discuss an exciting new data collection scale currently underway, where new data and analytics, and human-computer collaboration will provide comprehensive monitoring of efforts to bend the curve. It will also describe the Global Burden of Disease Study, an ongoing effort to integrate all available data and produce estimates of who is sick with what and where and can SDGs be attained given the current scale of interventions.

Abraham Flaxman: Planning Strategic Health Interventions from Global Burden of Disease Estimates

Abraham Flaxman, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Health Metrics Sciences at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington. He is currently leading the development of a simulation platform to derive “what-if” results from Global Burden of Disease estimates and is engaged in methodological and operational research on verbal autopsy. Dr. Flaxman has previously designed software tools such as DisMod-MR that IHME uses to estimate the Global Burden of Disease, and the Bednet Stock-and-Flow Model, which has produced estimates of insecticide-treated net coverage in sub-Saharan Africa. This work uses Integrative Systems Modeling to combine a system dynamics model of process with a statistical model of data to bring together all available sources of information.

Rohina Joshi: Verbal Autopsy: Strengthening Health Systems by Identifying the Causes of All Deaths

Associate Prof Rohina Joshi, a National Health Foundation Future Leader Fellow and UNSW Scientia Fellow, is public health physician who works on developing low-cost healthcare models for chronic disease management in resource-limited settings. Her research interests include strengthening health systems using task-sharing between physician and non-physician health workers to deliver quality health care. Her other research interests include improving health information systems in low and middle income countries using verbal autopsy methods and has conducted several large scale verbal autopsy studies. She is currently involved in Bloomberg Philanthropies funded Data for Health Initiative. She co-chairs the verbal autopsy working group across the initiative and leads the implementation program in The Philippines.