Making Health Measurable: Press Coverage of IHME Press Conference with Bill Gates

Bill Gates

IHME held a press conference March 5, 2013,  Making Health Measureable,  at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. To hear it for yourself, or hear it again, you can tune into the recorded webcast of Bill Gates, Dr. Christopher Murray, UW President Michael Young, Drs. Ali Mokdad, Felix Masiye, and Rafael Lozano. A special thank you to Rhonda Stewart for stepping up to moderate the questions and answers at this very important event after just a month on the job.

Here are some of recent highlights from media coverage.

  • CBC News in Canada wrote Diet tops disease risks for Canadians “The leading risk factor accounting for the disease burden in Canada was dietary, followed by tobacco smoking and high body mass index, the report's lead author, Dr. Christopher Murray of the University of Washington in Seattle and his team said…‘With these new ways of making the data understandable, people everywhere for the first time can see the incredible progress being made in health and the daunting challenges that remain.’’
  • Michaeleen Doucleff at NPR wrote Often A Health Care Laggard, U.S. Shines In Cancer Treatment “To help make sense of all these numbers, they've built some nifty tools for visualizing the data. You can compare disease prevalence and risk factors for each country and region. You can even zero in on dietary choices, such as average salt intake and omega-3 consumption, for each country.”
  • Michelle Roberts at BBC News wrote UK 'fares badly in European health league table' “Prof John Newton, chief knowledge officer of Public Health England, said: ‘Despite some enviable recent success, for example on smoking, we in the UK need to take a hard look at what can be done to help people in the UK achieve the levels of health already enjoyed by other some countries. Central and local government, charities, employers and retail businesses all have a part to play.’”
  • Sarah Boseley at The Guardian wrote Ten ways to live longer “We have the NHS and much of the rest of the world envies us for it, but how long and healthily we live is not so much about how hospitals look after us – medical care contributes only about 20% to our healthy lifespans – as how we care for ourselves before we get there. Here are 10 tips for a longer, healthier life.”
  • Rema Nagarajana at The Times of India wrote India in healthcare hall of shame, ranked worst peers and neighbours “‘Countries like China and Brazil and even our neighbours, who are not as well off, doing well show that India should be able to do a lot better. We are in this situation probably because we only pay lip service to health service and health system development. Our public expenditure on health is among the lowest in the world,’ said Lalit Dandona, research professor, Public Health Foundation of India and professor of global health at IHME.”
  • Anuradha Mascarenhas at The Indian Express wrote Indians living longer but not as long as neighbours “Indians are living longer lives than earlier, but illness, disability and relatively early death remain severe healthcare challenges. And India appears to be lagging behind many of its neighbours including China on both life expectancy and death rates, according to the findings of a study that used new online tools announced by the Bill Gates and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.”
  • Thomas Jones at Australian Times wrote A new study on life expectancy proves we’re all going to die “‘Ultimately, in order to really make a difference in improving our nation’s health, concerted action will be required, with individuals, families, local communities, local councils, the NHS and government all taking responsibility and working together towards a healthier population,’ Professor Fenton said. Or perhaps Briton’s could start practicing the Australian way of life; smiling, going to the beach, cooking a BBQ, playing AFL, calling each other ‘mate’ and wearing sunscreen.”
  • Kalyan Ray at Deccan Herald wrote Window in kitchen can prevent millions of deaths “New analyses of global health data and independent Indian research demonstrates the notoriety of household air pollution as a killer, according to India-specific analysis of Global Burden of Disease (GBD) data. Though the GBD data was released in December, 2012 country-specific reports have just started coming up.” 
  • Ami Sedghi at The Guardian featured our visualizations and wrote Disease and death around the world visualised “What kills people around the world - and how does it vary by country? The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation have published their latest report in to the global burden of disease today and alongside the release have launched a range of visualisations showing how the data breaks down by country.”
  • Niall Hunter at Irish Health wrote Ireland moves up world health league tableOur lower rating under this heading believed to be due to the fact that thanks to advances in drugs and other medical technologies, people are now living longer with chronic conditions.”
  • Sandi Doughton at The Seattle Times Gates, UW teaming up on massive health study “New results will be issued at least annually, covering 187 countries from Afghanistan to Zambia. Having up-to-date figures will enable nations to track progress and detect emerging problems more quickly, said Chris Murray, director of the UW’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME).”
  • Tom Paulson with Humanosphere has piece called Visualize Global Health that includes a video interview with Peter Peyer, director of data development with IHME, showcasing the GBD arrow diagram for examining causes of death in Afghanistan.

Not to mention local TV news coverage on King 5, KOMO, and KIRO to name a few and Reuters News Pictures! 

-- William Heisel, Director of Communications, IHME, March 5, 2013