Podcast: Using Informatics to Fight Childhood Mortality
The Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance (CHAMPS) Network aims to reduce childhood mortality around the world by identifying what exactly is killing children under five years of age. The Task Force’s Public Health Informatics Institute (PHII) is a partner of this ambitious initiative, and is responsible for developing the data transportation process and managing its flow from sites to scientists, health officials and other stakeholders across the globe. So far, surveillance sites have been established in seven countries in south Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.
The information from CHAMPS is expected to help catalyze advocacy, research, and other actions to reduce levels of childhood mortality. Every year, nearly six million children under the age of five die mostly from preventable diseases and primarily in the world’s low- and middle-income countries.
CHAMPS epitomizes one of the pillars of PHII’s health systems strengthening work: helping health practitioners use data to make more informed decisions about disease causes and interventions, and in that way, better health outcomes worldwide.
CHAMPS Senior Manager for Information Technology Patrick Caneer recently spoke about the groundwork that was laid to ensure quality data and next steps for the project.
CHAMPS partners include the CDC, Emory Global Health Institute, the International Association of Public Health Institutes, Deloitte, and numerous ministries of health. The project is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.