Research

Elsevier,

The Lancet, October 2016

This article reports the Global Burden of Disease Study 2015 (GBD) assessment of mortality and causes of death, which provides new and robust evidence on the patterns and levels of mortality worldwide, expanding on previous analyses by further investigating the main determinants of epidemiological patterns and trends across geographies and over time. The comparison of estimates of observed mortality levels with patterns expected based on socio-demographic indices provides an in-depth understanding of national health challenges and priority areas for intervention, including in addressing the targets in support of good health and wellbeing.
Elsevier,

Social Science & Medicine, October 2016

Training and capacity building are long established critical components of global water, sanitation, and hygiene (WaSH) policies, strategies, and programs. Expanding capacity building support for WaSH in developing countries is one of the targets of the SDG 6. There are many training evaluation methods and tools available. However, training evaluations in WaSH have been infrequent, have often not utilized these methods and tools, and have lacked rigor. The authors of this paper have developed a conceptual framework which can be used as a tool both for planning and evaluating training programs in WaSH.
Elsevier,

The Lancet, October 2016

This article reports the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study (GBD), which involves more than 1870 collaborators from 124 countries and three territories and provides an independent analytical platform through which levels of health-related Sustainable Development Goal indicators can be assessed across geographies and over time in a comparable manner. This article provides the measurement of 33 of the 47 health-related SDG indicators and introduce an overall health-related SDG index for 188 countries from 1990 to 2015.
Elsevier,

The Lancet, October 2016

This articles addresses SDG 3 by showing that non-fatal outcomes of disease and injury increasingly detract from the ability of the world's population to live in full health, a trend largely attributable to an epidemiological transition in many countries from causes affecting children, to non-communicable diseases (NCDs) more common in adults. This article estimates the incidence, prevalence, and years lived with disability for diseases and injuries at the global, regional, and national scale over the period of 1990 to 2015.
Elsevier,

The Lancet, October 2016

SDG 3 is concerned with ensuring healthy-lives and wellbeing for all at all ages. Disability-adjusted life-years (DALYs) is a summary measure of population health based on estimates of premature mortality and non-fatal health loss. This article examines national disability-adjusted life-years (DALYs) for 315 diseases and injuries and healthy life expectancy (HALE), 1990–2015 and shows that since 1990, overall health has improved in most countries, with particularly large gains occurring in the past 10 years, but more years of functional health have been lost. This research can help prioritise research and development and monitor progress towards the SDGs.
Elsevier,

The Lancet, October 2016

This article reports the most recent assessment of the global burden of diseases, injuries, and risk factors and says that reductions in exposure have been key drivers of change for only a small set of environmental risks, including sanitation, household air pollution, and behavioural risks (eg, undernutrition and smoking). Understanding these risks helps to inform the achievement of SDG 3 targets.
Elsevier,

Lancet Global Health 2016; 4: e714–e725

One of the objectives of SDG 3 aims to reduce premature mortality by 40% by 2030. This study investigates the feasibility of achieving this reduction target, in Mexico, through analysing the projected mortality rates up to 2030. By outlining the top causes for mortality in different age groups, this study provides a roadmap for setting national health priorities to achieve SDG 3.4.
Elsevier,

The Lancet, October 2016

This article provides timely, robust evidence on documenting child health achievements during the Millennium Development Goal era, identifying causes and regions for which less progress occurred, and characterising the association between improving development and child survival. It estimates the number and rates of stillbirths across geographies and over time. Given the reductions in under-5 mortality between 1990 and 2015, this article provides important insights for SDG 3 targets, in particular the target to end preventable deaths of newborns and under 5 year olds.
Elsevier,

The Lancet, October 2016

This article provides new and robust evidence on the levels and trends in maternal mortality in 195 countries and territories throughout the world as the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) era has ended and the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) era is beginning and is particularly important for SDG target 3.1. It includes the full reproductive age range of 10–54 years, comprehensively evaluates the interplay between maternal mortality, HIV/AIDS, and all-cause mortality, and reports on how the coverage of reproductive health services relates to risk of maternal mortality.
Elsevier,

Social Science & Medicine, Volume 167, October 2016, Pages 1-10

Energy insecurity is a multi-dimensional construct that describes the interplay between physical conditions of housing, household energy expenditures and energy-related coping strategies. Energy insecurity leads to adverse environmental health and social consequences. Energy insecurity merits more attention in research and policy.

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