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IHME Seminar: Environmental Indicators

On Oct 15, we had a seminar from Yale Professor Angel Hsu on her work developing indicators for country performance on environmental sustainability. I found it surprisingly positive, for example this score card for the United States that says almost everything is getting better or at least staying the same:

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This seems to conflict with the EPA report that came out recently and reminded me to write this.

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World Bank Estimates the Cost of Contact Tracing in Ebola Response

I want to save a bookmark to this little table in a big report on the economic impacts of Ebola in West Africa: World Bank country offices in Nigeria and Senegal produced estimates of the cost of successfully tracing contacts when responding to imported cases. Expensive, but worth it!

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CVRS in 2010 Report

Perhaps more than I ever wanted to know about the state of the birth and death registration system in South Africa circa 2010: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic/CRVS/Technical%20report%20SADC%20final%20v2.pdf

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Tools They Use

I’m always on the lookout for new tools that I should be using in my daily work. Here is a short write-up by #hackebola researcher Caitlin Rivers on the subject: http://www.caitlinrivers.com/blog/the-setup-tools-i-use-to-track-emerging-infectious-diseases

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Les Roberts blogs from Sierra Leone

A few links to Les Roberts blogging from Sierra Leone:

http://pfmhcolumbia.wordpress.com/2014/10/12/les-says-farewell/

http://pfmhcolumbia.wordpress.com/2014/10/12/oneheavygig/

http://pfmhcolumbia.wordpress.com/2014/10/12/les-roberts-the-prediction-landscape-is-looking-bad/

http://pfmhcolumbia.wordpress.com/2014/10/14/les-roberts-day-10-leaving-columbia-to-be-at-peace-with-columbia/

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Digging into the GBD 2010 Risk Factors II

A follow-up on my recent adventure digging into the GBD 2010 risk factors, wherein I helped a fellow researcher find the specific diseases to which the risk factor DALYs are attributed (http://ihmeuw.org/2c6v ):

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I helped find where to look at the risk factor attribution, but what if you want to download the numbers? The “download chart data as CSV” link gives you something, but it is not the risk factors, it is just the disease fractions of total DALYs:

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Fortunately, a javascript guru with a few minute told me the incantation to get the risk factor fractions out, recorded here for posterity:

$.fileDownload(app.settings.baseURL+'php/risk_data.php',{ httpMethod: "POST", data:{ measure: app.getMeasure(1, 'percent'), sex: app.getSex(1), age: app.getAge(1), year: app.getYear(1), location: app.getLocation(1), cause: d3.keys(app.metadata.causes), risk: app.getRisk(1), format: 'csv', title: app.charts[1].getTitle(), } });

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Math Epi Ebola Models

I’ve been watching as much as I can the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and the role of epidemiological modeling in the response. The figure that most approaches start with is from here:

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An important extension to the model appeared in a recent paper:

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