School of Public Health
Improving adolescent and adult mortality metrics in low- and middle-income countries
With child mortality rapidly declining, an increasing proportion of all deaths in low and middle-income countries (LMICs) will occur at adolescent and adult ages in the next decades. Key global health objectives thus focus on reducing deaths from causes that affect primarily those age groups (e.g., non-communicable diseases, maternal mortality, road traffic accidents, suicides). The number of lives saved by global health programs focused on the health of adolescents and adults may however remain unknown because few LMICs have vital registration systems that allow measuring mortality precisely. In this project, we will test new survey methods to improve the quantity and quality of data on adolescent and adult mortality. These methods mobilize new mobile platforms, as well as innovative interviewing strategies. The project will be conducted in two sites: Matlab in Bangladesh, and Rakai in Uganda, with an emphasis on accidental deaths and injuries in Bangladesh, and on HIV and reproductive health in Uganda. Results from this study will help develop and target adolescent and adult health interventions in LMICs, and evaluate the effectiveness of global health initiatives.
PI Mentor: Stephane Helleringer