FAILURE TO DELIVER DATA AND RESTRICT ACCESS LEADS TO CHILD DEATHS

GLOBAL PUBLIC HEALTH LEADERS CONVENE TO MOVE FORWARD IN CHILD MORTALITY PREVENTATION

Shanghai, China October 19

Over 50 public health leaders dedicate efforts to Child Health policy change and dialogue during the Child Health and Mortality Surveillance (CHAMPS) session at the annual meeting of national public health institutes.

"Evidence doesn't change policy, Dialog changes policy" 

"We don’t fail to generate data, but we fail to deliver this data in a proper way. We get very good data, and we publish, but we get frustrated because no one uses that data for policy. We don’t want CHAMPS data to follow the same pathway. We want CHAMPS data to lead to changes in policy.” The head of Mozambique’s National Public Health Institute told 50 global heads.

Before the international group, Jeff Koplan recapped the current problem: “Cause-of-death data in low-resource countries are incomplete, poor quality, delayed – preventing an understanding and prevention of what is killing children under 5”

INS Mozambique: Eduardo

And though champs data is high quality, none of it will matter if action is not taken. Action happens when there is an environment conductive to data sharing and achieving good data sharing practices. 

“If you find someone with multiply drug resistant TB, how does that get integrated into the system so they get appropriate follow-up?” asks Natalie Mayet to the attendees. Natalie has dedicated her life to this effort. When she was a doctor she realized that and now she runs….

Turning to the case of …. In South Africa

We must “Create the right environment for sharing public health data” … “It’s about having trust and confidence in the relationships.” Commented David Harper.

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The Child Health and Mortality Prevent Surveillance network collects and shares data from sites in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, collaborating with local, national and global stakeholders, including national public health institutes and ministries of health to engage and strengthen capacity for high quality high efficiency data collection and policy making that targets child mortality.

Attending the meeting were representatives from: Mexico, Brazil, Tanzania, France, USA, Afghanistan, Canada Cuba, Denmark, Sweden, El Salvador, Guinea-Bissau, Morocco, India, Japan, Finland, Ethiopia, Burundi, Cameroon, Mongolia, Colombia, Belgium, Cote d’Ivoire, Georgia, Netherlands, Malawi, Kenya, Nepal, Germany, Nigeria, Cambodia, Guinea, Norway, South Africa, Spain, UK, Sudan, Palestine, Zambia, Uganda

More about CHAMPS:

More about DATA SHARING ETHICS: Chatham House

More about Consistent Reliable Data: PHII

Related Articles:

A Call to Share Data: http://www.ianphi.org/news/2016/datasharing1.html

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