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New data show countries around the world grappling with changing health challenges
Date:3/4/2013

y arming them with information that is up-to-date, comprehensive, and accurate," said IHME Director Dr. Christopher Murray. "With these new ways of making the data understandable, people everywhere for the first time can see the incredible progress being made in health and the daunting challenges that remain."

IHME expects that the GBD and its online visualization tools will allow health researchers worldwide to engage in a broader discussion with policymakers and the general public about how health challenges should be measured and how improvements in health should be gauged.

"We created these data visualizations to help people explore how diseases, injuries, and risk factors impact their health and the health of people around the world," said IHME Director of Data Development Peter Speyer. "The visualizations make it easy for users to look at the big picture or drill into details by location, age group or gender, and instantly have clear and up-to-date data at their fingertips."

The data and visualizations reveal new developments and persistent problems in global health.

"The GBD allows us to both celebrate progress and keep the momentum going around the world's urgent, unfinished health agendas," said Dr. Rafael Lozano, one of the GBD researchers and a Professor of Global Health at IHME. "We cannot stop caring about things like HIV and malaria or childhood and maternal deaths. At the same time, we need to make similar progress in addressing mental health issues, road traffic injuries, and musculoskeletal disorders."

The GBD is already influencing health policy. Countries are using the findings to measure progress against their peers. The United Kingdom worked closely with the GBD Collaborative to benchmark its performance in improving health against other European countries and the United States. The findings are being published in The Lancet.

"We found that the UK had made significant improvements in health overall, but those w
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Contact: Rhonda Stewart
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