Public Health - International Health
Innovations in measuring injury and disability in low income countries: use of a demographic surveillance system in Uganda
The measurement of injury and disability in low-income countries is recognized as a major gap in health information systems, especially in Africa. The Iganga and Mayuge Demographic Surveillance System (IM-DSS) provides a unique opportunity to evaluate innovations in assessing the burden of injury and disability in Uganda and develop population-based data to inform national health policies. This study analyzed existing data from the IM-DSS and formulated new approaches to measuring the injury and disability health burden. The specific objectives of this project were: 1) to conduct a burden of premature mortality analysis from injuries on the initial rounds of the IM-DSS, 2) to explore non-fatal injury and disability outcomes using existing data from the IM-DSS, and 3) to develop a module for injury and disability measurement for integration into the IM-DSS which could be piloted and later integrated into other DSS projects around the world.
David Bishai; George Pariyo (Makerere Universitiy); Stephen Wegener (JHU SOM)