3 Tools Every Public Health Professional Should Be Using

In today’s world “Information is power.” When it comes to public health field, then information is of utmost importance. Because as a researcher and/or public health program specialist, we always rely on evidences and facts & figures. Whether we are writing a research proposal or a journal paper, we always need background information on the respective country/population. Sometimes finding these information is tiresome and time-consuming.

With the advent of internet technologies, now-a-days it’s really easy to find required information. Here are 3 interactive web-based tools that are really helpful to find information about a country and/or region. 

1. Global Burden of Disease Compare: This tool has been developed by Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, University of Washington. This tools will help to find overall disease burden of a country based on DALYs, YLLs and YLDs. So, if anyone wants to know about disease burden of a particular disease/condition, this tool will show how much the disease contributes. It also give information on risk factors for different health outcomes e.g. malnutrition, tobacco smoking, alcohol intake etc. One can also see the time trends in these attributes from the year 1990 to 2010. It also gives estimates for different age-groups and sex distribution of a problem.

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Screenshot of GBD compare

2. Gapminder: Gapminder shows worlds’ most important trends on population. One can explore the facts of the population by this tool. Here one can find data on demography, health, economy, education, energy consumption and environment. Professor Hans Rosling, founder of this web platform, thinks that the world might not be as bad as you might believe! You can also find the beauty of statistics and demography by using this amazing tool.

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Screenshot of Gapminder

3. Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Visualization: This tool is also brought to you by Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. We, as public health practitioners, know the importance of MDGs. Here you can compare and contrast the progress of MDG goals in 188 countries. The MDGs are international development goals established following the Millennium Summit of the United Nations in 2000 and the progress is measure between 1990 and 2015. In this tool, one can get information on health-realted MDG goals e.g. MDG 4 (Improve child health), MDG 5 (Reduce maternal mortality) and MDG 6 (Combat HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and malaria).

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Screenshot of MDG visualization tool

Hope everyone use and get benefited from these wonderful tools.

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