Improving scientific understanding of mortality trends and determinants in developing countries
Birth, death and life expectancy records are key statistical measurements collected and analysed. In many developing countries, these records are lacking, impeding public policy, health responses and scientific knowledge. The EU-funded MU-MED project aims to improve the measurement and understanding of population health in low- and middle-income countries. The project will develop novel methods to measure mortality and examine its determinants. Focusing on India, it will estimate mortality rates, examine social determinants of mortality, calculate the first set of life expectancies by slum residence, caste, religion and social group, and look at social class, as measured by household wealth and occupational categories. MU-MED will also examine the impact of environmental exposures (heat, humidity, floods, air pollution) on mortality.
Fields of science
- social sciencespolitical sciencespolitical policiespublic policies
- social sciencessociologydemographymortality
- engineering and technologyenvironmental engineeringair pollution engineering
- natural sciencesearth and related environmental sciencesenvironmental sciencespollution
- humanitiesphilosophy, ethics and religionreligions