Burden of Disease (EPHI_IHME project)

Burden of Disease (EPHI-IHME Project)

The burden of disease (BoD) unit at National Data Management Center for health in the Ethiopian Public Health Institute is a responsible unit for data mapping, collecting reviewing and archiving available health and health related data in Ethiopia. It produces national and subnational burden of disease estimates to guide policy, research, public health practice and trainings. The Unit works in collaboration with Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study centered at the Institute of health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington (www.healthdata.org)

Study estimates by the Unit mainly focuses on population and demography, causes of death and risk factors for a range of communicable and non-communicable diseases, maternal, newborn and child health, nutritional problems and injuries. Using robust methods of population health metrics study evidences of disability adjusted life years (DALYs), years of life lost (YLL), years lived with disability (YLD), health adjusted life expectancy (HALE) and population level exposure measurements are produced for each disease conditions, risk factors and injuries.

The Unit activities include among many others:

  • Mapping, archiving and reviewing different sources of health and health related data
  • Network with Ministry of Health (MoH), regional health bureaus and partners
  • Network with Ethiopian universities and public health schools
  • Coordinate local institutes and experts collaborating on burden of disease study
  • Provide trainings, fellowships and annual GBD results dissemination workshops
  • Facilitate evidence translation to public health policy and decision making
  • Expand burden of disease estimate and related activities neighboring countries and regions

Visualization and analytic tools for burden of disease study can be found here (http://ghdx.healthdata.org and https://vizhub.healthdata.org/gbd-compare)