INDEPTH ED opens workshop on impact of poverty on NCDs and injury mortality

12 Jun 2017

The INDEPTH Executive Director Prof. Osman Sankoh on 12 June 2017 opened a workshop on the impact of poverty on NCDs and injury mortality, in Accra, Ghana.  The three days workshop "Evaluating the impact of poverty on NCD and injury mortality in low-income settings: Data from the INDEPTH" has drawn participants from INDEPTH member centres, universities of Harvard and Ghana and the INDEPTH Training and Resource Centre.

Prof. Sankoh started by thanking Harvard colleagues for making the workshop possible, including Matt Coates, who is a Research Associate at Harvard Medical School working on The Lancet Commission on Reframing Non Communicable Diseases and Injuries for the Poorest Billion (NCDI Poverty). The ED then gave an overview of INDEPTH work including governance, membership, HDSS operations, research strategy and challenges.

The workshop aims to assess sub-national NCD and injury mortality patterns across levels of household poverty both broadly and by NCD disease category and by age group and sex. Participants will also make cross-country comparisons of associations between poverty and mortality from NCDs and injuries by age and sex. Other objectives are to describe time trends, if any, of associations between poverty and mortality from NCDs and injuries in low-income settings, and to compare cross-country comparisons of associations to the Global Burden of Disease cross-country burden by poverty.

In 2016, a new Lancet Commission was launched focusing on the burden of Non Communicable Diseases and Injuries (NCDIs) among the world’s poorest billion people (NCDI Poverty Commission). One potential data source that was identified regarding mortality patterns in these populations is Health and Demographic Surveillance Systems (HDSS) in geographic regions that are known to have a significant prevalence of severe poverty.

There have been some analyses published from HDSS sites regarding the relationship between socioeconomic status (SES) and mortality.2 However, these relationships have not been reported systematically across multiple sites, and it is unclear to the NCDI Poverty Commission the depth of the SES variables collected and consistency across sites.

This workshop primarily uses HDSS data collected by The INDEPTH Network. NCD mortality rates at these sites have previously been described. The study population will include adults aged 15 years or older in a selected time period whose deaths are documented in the INDEPTH database.

Details on participants available here: