Last semester, I sat in a lecture with a handful of high ranking international development types who were all sharing with us the future impacts and directions of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). One of them, who criticized these goals mentioned how the UN had changed the method of measuring the progress of the Millennium Development…
How do we measure health? Who decides and who is left out?
The Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation is ending the cycle of misinformation on world health.
In the beginning (prior to the 1990s), there was a whole mess of data on health and the world. Demographers checked to see who died when, but didn’t care about the why. Epidemiologists watched and tried to stop illness as it spread through the masses, but were uninterested in the overall health of the country. Health agencies looked…
Scientists behind the Global Burden of Disease point out key problems with how global health data is collected, but their solution may create more problems when it comes to disability.
Wait until you find out what else has been hidden from you!
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As the mythology goes, Atlas was a titan, who held the sky on his shoulders and lived with the burden of keeping the Earth and celestial spheres separate. Before the Global Burden of Disease study, health was measured in mostly death rates and causes. However, even this seemingly simple measurement is often confounded by confused causes…
Is all of our health data incorrect?
What’s wrong with the way we measure health?
Do we know what ails the world, or do we all just agree that it is important to know?
Expanding the definition of ailment beyond cause of death
Global income inequality as an economic ailment, in turn, facilitates the public health ailment of unequal access to health care infrastructure and services within the world.
Why be grateful when you aren’t Beyonce?
Those who speak the loudest are the ones heard. To be perfectly honest, although I have had classes focused on development and on global health concerns, the concerns my courses focused on and I focused on, were on those health concerns that are “the sexiest” or have the most advocacy behind them. Thinking about development, how humanitarian efforts fund-raise, the problems…