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Innovations in measuring injury and disability in low income countries: Use of a demographic surveillance system in Uganda


The measurement of injury and disability in low income countries is recognized as a major gap in health information systems, especially in Africa. The Iganga and Mayuge Demographic Surveillance System (IM-DSS) provides a unique opportunity to evaluate innovations in assessing the burden of injury and disability in Uganda and develop population-based data to inform national health policies. The proposed study will analyze existing data from the IM-DSS to formulate new approaches to measuring the injury and disability health burden. The specific objectives of this project are: 1) to conduct a burden of premature mortality analysis from injuries on the initial 3 rounds of the IM-DSS, 2) to explore non-fatal injury and disability outcomes using existing data from the IM-DSS, and 3) to develop a module for injury and disability measurement for integration into the IM-DSS which can be piloted and later integrated into other DSS projects around the world. This proposal combines the strengths of two departments in the Bloomberg School with the School of Medicine at Johns Hopkins while working with an experienced local partner in Uganda. Findings from the proposed study will contribute to the ongoing IM-DSS output and lead to the development of a NIH-R21 grant proposal for piloting the new injury-disability module in two or more sites in Africa.


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