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Transforming cause of death data in the Solomon Islands

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Published on Mar 18, 2019

Before 2010, the Solomon Islands had no birth, death and cause of death information on which to base their health policies and plans.

Now through the Bloomberg Philanthropies Data for Health Initiative, the country can act on pressing health issues like non-communicable diseases which they only could guess were issues before.

Interview with Matt Reeve, Technical Advisor, University of Melbourne; Seraphina Elisha, Principal Medical Statistician; Rodley Ruskin, CRVS Country Coordinator in December 2018 in Melbourne, Australia.

Topics include:
-Challenges to health planning (lack of data and geographical difficulties to gathering data): 0:00
-Human resources challenges: 1:25
-How the country is strengthening their health information system: 1:48
-Early achievements of the Data for Health Initiative: 2:20
-Acting on new evidence (3:20)
-Capturing new data and maternal mortality cases (4:18)
-Updating civil registration and vital statistics laws (4:55)
-Improvement using existing CRVS methods (6:14)
-Disparities in female mortality data (7:05)
-Increasing understanding of mortality patterns beyond the capital city (8:25)

For more information on the Bloomberg Philanthropies Data for Health Initiative, visit http://www.crvsgateway.info

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