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Improving adolescent and adult mortality data in developing countries

Chilumba, Malawi


In low-income countries with limited vital registration systems, the trends and causes of adolescent and adult mortality are measured retrospectively during surveys, but these surveys often yield inaccurate data. We propose to improve the accuracy of survey-based estimates of adolescent and adult mortality through a) innovative data collection techniques (e.g., event history calendars, recall cues) and b) integrated Bayesian methods that account for sampling and non-sampling errors. Results from this study will help develop and target adolescent and adult health interventions in low-income countries, and evaluate the effectiveness of global health initiatives focused on preventing premature deaths in those age groups (e.g, PEPFAR).

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