This project aimed to estimate the global health loss that can be attributed to road traffic crashes in sub-Saharan Africa and was conducted in collaboration with the 2010 Global Burden of Disease (GBD-2010) study. GBD-2010 was a systematic effort to quantify the comparative magnitude of the public health burden of 291 diseases and injuries, 67 risk factors, and 1,160 sequelae by age, sex, and country from 1990 to 2010. The project was led by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) and included a consortium of academic institutions. The World Bank Global Road Safety Facility commissioned a special effort at Harvard University to improve the estimates of road injuries in sub-Saharan Africa generated as part of GBD-2010 by incorporating more data and better methods for the region.
In prior work, we established a methodology for triangulating to a national snapshot of injury incidence from multiple national data sources (including hospitals, health surveys, crime reports, death registers, and crematorium records). We demonstrated this in 18 developing countries from around the world and the results are available on the project website. The Africa project extends these methods to the most information poor settings.
The project was done in close collaboration with the GBD-Injury Expert Group.
For information about GBD-2010 visit www.healthmetricsandevaluation.org/gbd.
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