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Visualizing Global Health: Global Burden of Disease Tour by Dr. Murray

on Wed, 03/06/2013 - 02:33

Today, Tuesday March 5th, 2013, the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) unveiled new tools for identifying health challenges for countries and developing policies to meet those challenges. IHME Director Christopher Murray joins Bill Gates, co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and University of Washington President Michael Young to discuss the implications that the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) findings have for health policy worldwide, and how GBD can be viewed as a platform for future collaborative research in an extraordinary event called "Making Health Measurable".

A significant component of the event was devoted to present GBD results using a stunning collection of powerful online and interactive data visualizations. Data visualization has become today strategic tools for data exploration and analysis, information communication, tool for advocacy and facilitating the way data and statistics is communicated to an specific audience.

Public Health is not out of the impact of the use of data visualization and this event demonstrates its relevance. This statement is supported by two key presentations, the first one by Dr, Murray highlighting GBD results using interactive data visualizations (See below.)

Dr. Christopher J.L. Murray, Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) makes a tour of Global Burden of Disease (GBD) results using innovative data visualizations.

Data visualizations introduced by Dr. Murray are available at the IHME web site.   

After Dr. Murray GBD Tour, Bill Gates highlights the value of these data visualizations for policy-makers, decision-makers, health professionals and the general public (see video bellow).

Click on the screenshot below to go to GBD online and interactive data visualizations. Play with them and have fun exploring, filtering and selecting data by cause of death, risk factors, population health metrics, geographic areas including countries and multiple dimensions such as sex and age group.

About this data visualizations, Dr. Chris Murray said:

"I think these visual tools represent a significant paradigm change for global health. They engage even the most data-resistant people. It's an incredible revelation to me how profoundly influentail it can be to present the data in this way. I think data visualization will be revolutionary for global health"

As an small contribution to Visualizing Global Health, I've created and published the following two articles and data visualizations using GBD data at Health Intelligence web site, that you may be interested in take a look. 

           Mortality in the World 1970-2010                         Few people dying but more living with disability

GBD 2010 datasets are freely available online in the Global Health Data Exchange (GHDx) catalogue.

Enjoy health data and statistics from GBD using this collection of data visualizations.



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Andre Berro's picture

Congratulations and thank you for such a remarkable job.  

You have built an exceptional tool for public health professionals, policy makers, and the public at large. 

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