Category Archives: global health

Social pathways of EVD spread

Some of the most interesting stuff that has crossed my desk on the spread of Ebola codes from the anthropologists who have been working in West Africa for a long time:

http://www.culanth.org/fieldsights/590-village-funerals-and-the-spread-of-ebola-virus-disease

http://blogs.plos.org/speakingofmedicine/2014/10/31/social-pathways-ebola-virus-disease-rural-sierra-leone-implications-containment/

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Exemplar Public Health Datasets

Here is an interesting resource to watch: The Exemplar Public Health Datasets Collection in Open Health Data. Large longitudinal cohorts for secondary data analysis, anyone?

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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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