Public Health Laboratory, Ivo de Carneri
The Public Health Laboratory Ivo de Carneri, is an integral part of the local health care system in Zanzibar, Tanzania.
The Public Health Laboratory Ivo de Carneri (PHL-IdC), collaborated with IHME on the Population Health Metrics Research Consortium (PHMRC) project and the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors (GBD) 2010 Study. PHL-IdC was a contributing member of PHMRC.
The PHMRC project was funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as part of the Gates Grand Challenges in Global Health initiative #13 to develop technologies that permit quantitative assessment of population health status.
Through the PHMRC project, the research team implemented a full census of Zanzibar. They revisited a subset of households to administer an expanded household survey aimed at garnering information on coverage, maternal and child health, mortality, and causes of death. The research team also administered verbal autopsy interviews, collecting both gold standard cases identified through hospital records and a separate set of deaths recorded in the community. PHL-IdC researchers collaborated on the PHMRC from 2007 to the project’s conclusion in 2011.
The Public Health Laboratory is also a contributing member of the GBD Study. In 2009, the Pemba Island research site implemented an electronic survey as part of a GBD project to update health state severity weights and gather data on health states in preparation for the GBD Study. The information collected in this effort was analyzed alongside that from other sites around the world, and from a Web-based survey to help ascertain health state severity weights for different conditions. These data are a critical input to the disability-adjusted life year estimates the overall study produces.