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Global health researchers receive QES grant

l health leaders. Professors Erica Di Ruggiero and Prabhat Jha received close to $500,000 to be granted over four years to enable global talent exchange and develop scholars who will improve maternal and child health (MCH) in Canada and four low- and middle-income countries. “This program will help build research capacity among scholars to use mortality evidence to improve maternal and child health outcomes and become engaged leaders in their cou…

Postdocs for “Statistical Methods for Managing Emerging Infectious Diseases”

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academic record or requests for accommodation for a personal situation can be stated in an application letter and will be carefully considered.  Preference must be given to applicants who currently have permission to work in Canada, although qualified applicants who would require work permits are also eligible and encouraged to apply. Individual descriptions Imperfect testing and serosurveys Grace Y. Yi, Western, http://fisher.stats.uwo.ca/facul…

Lancet Public Health study shows that firearm mortality highest in young men and associated with race and education in the USA, Mexico, Brazil and Colombia

tion, education, and race affected risk. Young men with low education were at highest risk in all 4 countries, and in the USA the risk of firearm homicide was 14 times higher in black men aged 25-34 with low education than in comparably educated white men (1.52% vs 0.11%). For US men with post-secondary education, black men were 30 times more likely to die by firearm homicide than comparably educated white men (0.30% vs 0.01). If countries coul…

Death 101: Shaping the Future of Global Health

Death 101: Shaping the Future of Global Health The University of Toronto’s new free online course (MOOC) called Death 101: Shaping the Future of Global Health premieres on www.edx.org March 2nd 2015. Register now at edX! CGHR founding director Prof. Prabhat Jha teaches students the value of studying the dead to help the living. Large improvements in health can be made in the neediest populations by effectively addressing the major causes o…

How Canada can help lead the way to better global health

Prof. Prabhat Jha - How Canada can help lead the way to better global health “Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s efforts to re-establish Canada’s role in the world continues Friday when this country hosts the Montreal pledging conference for the Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. His government has already pledged $785-million for 2017-2019 to the fund, which saves millions around the world. Yet Canada can do more than contr…

Prof Prabhat Jha appointed to Order of Canada

Prof Prabhat Jha, head of the Centre for Global Health Research at St. Michael’s Hospital, has been appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada, one of the country’s highest civilian honours. Read full story here….

Prof Jha discusses sex selection in Canada on CBC Metro Morning

Prof Jha joined a panel on CBC’s Metro Morning to discuss the latest study in CMAJ showing evidence of sex selection among South/East Asian populations in Canada. Listen here….

Three easy ways Canada can improve the health of new moms and kids

Full Globe and Mail Op Ed CGHR director Prabhat Jha and John W. McArthur, visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution and senior fellow at the UN Foundation, appeal for increased, specific funding from the Canadian government for the development of universal health insurance in low-middle-income countries, and a big data initiative to address the largely undocumented causes of childhood mortality. “This year, approximately six million chi…

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  PRABHAT JHA, MD, DPhil – Director prabhat.jha@utoronto.ca +1 416-864-6042 Prabhat Jha is the founding director of CGHR. He is also the Inaugural University of Toronto Endowed Professor in Disease Control, Canada Research Chair at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, co-investigator of the Disease Control Priorities Network, and expert advisor to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on HIV/AIDS control in India and to vari…

PROGRAM MANAGER

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tries in sub-Saharan Africa under a partnership called the Statistical Alliance for Vital Events (SAVE). A cornerstone program for SAVE is the Countrywide Mortality Surveillance for Action (COMSA) Sierra Leone implementation. COMSA is a 3 year investment that will enable Sierra Leone to establish a low- cost, sustainable, nationwide Sample Registration System (SL-SRS) that tracks from 2018-28 the rates of fertility, mortality and causes of death…

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dia: a nationally-representative case-control studyBassani DG, Jha P, Dhingra N, Kumar R. Child mortality from solid-fuel use in India: a nationally-representative case-control study. BMC public health. 2010 Aug 17;10(1):491. Canada’s perceived lack of leadership on global tobacco controlHébert PC, Reddy KS, Jha P. Canada’s perceived lack of leadership on global tobacco control. CMAJ. 2010 Jul 13;182(10):E427. Global, regional, and national…

Research Manager / Post Doctoral Fellow: Global Mortality Studies (Toronto)

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-Saharan Africa and other low- and middle-income countries. The main task is to ensure successful implementation of the SAVE efforts in Sierra Leone, Mozambique, and Ethiopia. This position requires frequent travel outside of Canada. Graduating PhDs and Post Doctoral Fellows are invited to apply. QUALIFICATIONS Preferred qualifications are as follows: Masters or PhD (preferred) in a health related field. A MD/MBBS is a bonus but is not required…

Senior Medical Researcher for The Million Death Study

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perience in the practice of either medicine or public health. Knowledge and Abilities Ability to plan, organize, assign, supervise, and inspect the work of professional and technical personnel Ability to interpret and write comprehensive and technical reports and papers and document experience in lucid manner Ability to recognize problems, exercise good judgments in appraising situations, problem solving abilities and making decisions Ability t…

Statistical Methods for Managing Emerging Infectious Diseases

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Now Recruiting Postdocs! This project assembles the top biostatisticians in Canada working on infectious diseases, and joins them with epidemiologists developing novel methods for data collection during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our group is developing methods and tools to get an accurate picture of the nature and extent of infectious disease transmission in the population, relying on real-world data from administrative sources and surveys. The pro…

Coronavirus

CGHR is tracking the cases and mortality of coronavirus (2019-nCoV, COVID-19) outbreak.  (Update: CGHR will continue working on COVID-19 via the ARMS project.) The original data come from  www.worldometers.info but we share a more useful tabular (Google Sheets) version here: coronavirus data Other informative sites https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/situation-reports/ https://gisanddata.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashb…

PROJECT COORDINATOR

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tries in sub-Saharan Africa under a partnership called the Statistical Alliance for Vital Events (SAVE). A cornerstone program for SAVE is the Countrywide Mortality Surveillance for Action (COMSA) Sierra Leone implementation. COMSA is a 3 year investment that will enable Sierra Leone to establish a low- cost, sustainable, nationwide Sample Registration System (SL-SRS) that tracks from 2018-28 the rates of fertility, mortality and causes of death…

PROJECT COORDINATOR

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ies in sub-­‐Saharan Africa under a partnership called the Statistical Alliance for Vital Events (SAVE). A cornerstone program for SAVE is the Countrywide Mortality Surveillance for Action (COMSA) Sierra Leone implementation. COMSA  is a 3 year investment that will enable Sierra Leone to establish a low-­‐ cost, sustainable, nationwide Sample Registration System (SL-­‐SRS) that tracks from 2018-­‐28 the rates of fertility, mortality and causes of…

Maternal and Child Health

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r the Million Death Study Collaborators. Lancet. 2010; 376: 1853-6. Child mortality from solid-fuel use in India: a nationally-representative case-control study. Bassani DG, Jha P, Dhingra N, Kumar R. BMC Public Health. 2010; 12: 491. Global, regional, and national causes of child mortality in 2008: a systematic analysis. Black RE, Cousens S, Johnson HL, Lawn JE, Rudan I, Bassani DG, Jha P, Campbell H, Walker CF, Cibulskis R, Eisele T, Liu L, and…

Research Coordinator I

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Research Coordinator I – Center for Global Health Research Competition #:833972 Job Title: Research Coordinator I – Center for Global Health Research Department: Center for Global Health Research Job Category: Research New Work Type: Full-Time Temporary Positions Available: 1 Union Affiliation: NU Posted Date: 21/11/18 Closing date: 28/11/18 Salary Range: $26.60 – $33.24 per hour Length of Temporary Assignment: 12 Months FTE…

Disease Control Priorities Network (DCPN)

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In collaboration with the University of Washington, The Center for Disease Dynamics & Economic Policy, and the Public Health Foundation of India, the Disease Control Priorities Network (DCPN) aims to improve the efficacy of health resource spending in various contexts around the globe. Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the DCPN evaluates the potential costs and benefits of allocating funds to a range of health service delive…

Training Coordinator

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innovative and cutting edge Instructional Design techniques and multi-media tools to develop new, high quality, training modules and instructional manuals Make training modules available through an interactive and integrated online training platform that allows for trainee progress tracking, assessments, e-group discussion, etc. Make training modules and platform, flexible and easy to use in multi-country and multi-lingual settings, where litera…

Tax hike on tobacco could save 25 000 lives

Tax hike on tobacco could save 25,000 lives CGHR would like to take a moment to remember the positive impact of the late Minister Flaherty’s tobacco control policies. His efforts to increase tobacco taxation ought to be commended and will in the future help prevent unnecessary early death from tobacco related diseases in Canada. Toronto Star article from February 2014: “[Late] Finance Minister Jim Flaherty has put Canada in the meda…

Senior Programmer/Technical Project Manager (Toronto)

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h projects, including management of offshore developers. The successful candidate in this role will work closely with an interdisciplinary team. QUALIFICATIONS Preferred qualifications are as follows: A bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering, or equivalent experience. 3+ years software development experience in several programming languages including Java (Struts/Spring/Servlets/JSPs), Python (Django), Groovy (Groovy on Grails), and…

Postdoctoral Researcher in Geostatistics and Global Mortality

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Full time, Toronto, Canada The Centre for Global Health Research (CGHR – www.cghr.org) is a non-profit and non-partisan organization associated with the University of Toronto and St. Michael’s Hospital. CGHR’s mission is to lead high-quality public health research that advances global health for all, with particular attention to the world’s poorest populations. Its flagship project, the Million Death Study (MDS), is run in collaboration wi…

Wilson Suraweera – Publications

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arahettige C, Gajalakshmi V, Aleksandrowicz L, Badwe R, Kumar R, Roy S, Suraweera W, Bray F, Mallath M, Singh PK, Sinha DN, Shet AS, Gelband H, Jha P for the Million Death Study Collaborators.Lancet. 2012; March 28: Published Online doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(12)60358-4  Childhood and adult mortality from unintentional falls in India.Jagnoor J, Suraweera W, Keay L, Ivers RQ, Thakur JS, Gururajd G, Jha P for the Million Death Study Collaborators.Bull…

Disease Control Priorities, Third Edition : Volume 3. Cancer

Disease Control Priorities, Third Edition : Volume 3. Cancer   The third edition of Disease Control Priorities is available and free online. Cancer control in low and middle income countries is possible and will save lives. The DCP-3 Cancer Volume offers feasible, cost-effective cancer control strategies. “From its inception, the Disease Control Priorities series has focused attention on delivering efficacious health interventions tha…

Missing Girls in India (English)

TRENDS IN MISSING FEMALES AT BIRTH IN INDIA FROM 1981 TO 2016: ANALYSES OF 2·1 MILLION BIRTH HISTORIES IN NATIONALLY REPRESENTATIVE SURVEYS (Available online 8 April 2021)   Half of the world’s missing female births occur in India, due to sex-selective abortion. It is unknown whether selective abortion of female fetuses has changed in recent years across different birth orders. We sought to document the trends in missing female births, particula…

DESH-Surgery Study

such as injuries, cancer, congenital anomalies, and obstetrical complications in India. We are seeking qualified Indian surgeons (MS, DNB(Surgery), MCh) for this study. Participation requires the completion of a 10-15 minute online survey. Participants who successfully complete the survey are entitled to receive a modest honorarium for their time.   Additional References: ICD-10 codes for disease condition groups Disease Control Priorities…

ARMS for Coronavirus

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thiopia. Three specific research hypotheses: An “Acute Respiratory Mortality Surveillance” (ARMS) module can be added quickly to the WHO verbal autopsy instrument and “validated” using hospital-based severe cases and deaths. Combining dual physician coding with machine learning and local epidemiological data, ARMS will be able to distinguish COVID-19 from other causes of respiratory deaths. Early deployment of ARMS in China, Hong Kong, India, Si…

Smoking cessation and e-cigarettes in China and India

The Chinese and Indian governments have taken steps to restrict access to electronic cigarettes. The motivation has been to protect young people from e-cigarette use and possible lifelong addiction and, less altruistically, lobbying by domestic cigarette industries. Protecting young people is a laudable goal but it must be scrutinised using epidemiological evidence relevant to each country. See the full BMJ editorial here or download the PDF…

District Interventions for Successful Health Action (DISHA)

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The District Interventions for Successful Health Action (DISHA) project aims to increase local health care accountability in three districts of Karnataka, India: Tumkur, Raichur, and Chamrajnagar. The main elements of the DISHA project include: Training Panchayati Raj (local self-government) members to monitor and evaluate public health care performance and the Health Management Information System A targeted study of transparency and accountabi…

Mortality attributable to hot and cold ambient temperatures in India: a nationally representative case-crossover study

n the effects of heat waves and has mostly been from small-scale studies. Here, we quantify heat and cold effects on mortality in India using a nationally representative study of the causes of death and daily temperature data for 2001 – 2013. READ THE ARTICLE HERE: PLOS Medicine or directly download the PDF…

Raising taxes key to accelerate tobacco control in South Asia

patterns, tobacco will kill about 1 billion people worldwide this century, including substantial numbers in the South Asian countries. All South Asian countries have signed the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and have committed to the United Nations (UN) sustainable development goals (SDG), including to reduce premature mortality from non-communicable diseases by one third by 2030. Achieving this goal will depend on effective implementati…

21st-Century Hazards of Smoking and Benefits of Cessation in the United States

oking deaths. Tobacco smoking is expected that nearly one million deaths each year in India during the 2010s – including one in five of all male deaths and one in 20 of all female deaths between 30-69. There are approximately 120 million smokers in India.  More than one-third of men and about five per cent of women aged 30-69 smoke either cigarettes or bidis (which contain about a quarter the amount of tobacco as a cigarette, wrapped in the leaf…

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Deaths from cardiovascular disease rising in India, study finds

ealth. This work is the first nationally representative study to measure cardiovascular mortality in India. Led by Dr. Prabhat Jha, director of the Centre for Global Health Research of St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, Canada, it found that rates of dying from ischaemic heart disease – cardiac issues caused by a narrowing of the heart’s arteries – in populations aged 30 to 69 increased rapidly in rural areas of India and surpassed those in…

Prof Jha talks about sex selection on Al Jazeera

Al Jazeera’s The Stream recently hosted Prof Jha, to discuss trends of sex selection among South Asians living in Canada, as well as globally. You can watch the clip here….

Dr Prabhat Jha wins the inaugural CIHR Trailblazer Award

“I am deeply honoured to receive the CIHR-IPPH Trailblazer Award. This prestigious award is recognition of collective efforts that have halved premature deaths from smoking in many populations, and a reminder that much more needs to be done in Canada and globally.” Dr. Prabhat Jha Read more at Canadian Institutes of Health Research Read more at University of Toronto Read more at St Michael’s Hospital    …

MPH Summer Practicum Student

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specializing in Epidemiology Familiarity with research methods/ techniques, and demonstrated experience with search methods, literature reviews, statistical techniques and quantitative methods is essential Ability to collect, compile data and information in a presentable format Proficiency in a statistical language e.g. R, STATA is required Ability to work independently and as part of a team Accuracy of work, time management skills, and ability t…

Bangalore Fellowship

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onally representative households in India between 2001-2014. Any deaths that occur in these households during this period will be assigned a probable cause, as determined by a method called verbal autopsy. QUALIFICATIONS: MD Community Medicine or MPH or MD in a related clinical field or Equivalent  CORE RESPONSIBILITIES: Develop research objectives and proposals Develop data collection tools, validate tools and implement  Quality Assurance on…

Million Death Study recruiting physician coders in India

in the prevention of diseases. Physicians will be responsible for web-based review and coding of mortality reports. Requirements include the following: Fluency in English and at least one other Indian language Ability to use computers Secure access to high speed internet for 8-15 hours work per week (working hours are flexible) For your contribution, you will be paid for each record coded. Those who complete 1000 records at high quality will re…

Data Manager

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l support global health research by making these unique data holdings easier to use. JOB RESPONSIBILITIES: Assume the role of the data steward/specialist for a range of projects. Harmonize the various datasets in use into a common format in a single database. Integrate new data sets into the organization’s data holdings. Identify and resolve database and analysis issues/problems. Create and maintain documentation for all variables, data sets, q…

District Evaluation Study on Health (DESH)

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ious diseases and into chronic diseases and injuries. Since these conditions may be surgically treatable, strategic health system planning at the facility, village, state, and national levels require a better understanding of common surgical conditions in the country. The primary goal of the DESH-Surgery study is to identify priorities in the management of surgical diseases in India by quantifying the country’s burden of surgical conditions…

Bangalore MDS Fellowship

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ortality  Cancer mortality Tuberculosis mortality Infectious diseases and mortality Vaccine-preventable conditions and mortality Maternal mortality Child mortality HOW TO APPLY: The following are required for submission of a complete application package. Brief outline of the proposed work (1-2 pages, with the following headings; background, rationale, method, analysis, timeline, impact of study) CV of applicant Personal statement relating to pu…

Research and General Support

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ic health, statistics, economics, maths etc. Familiarity with research methods / techniques, and demonstrated experience with research methods, statistical techniques and quantitative methods are preferred Ability to collect, compile data and information in a presentable format Working knowledge in statistical packages including R, STATA etc. is needed Experience conducting Systematic Reviews is an advantage Ability to work independently and as p…

RESEARCH ASSISTANT/COORDINATOR

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h research methods, statistical techniques, and quantitative methods is preferred Attention to detail, a meticulous approach to work, time management skills, and ability to meet deadlines are all essential Ability to collect, compile data and information in a presentable format Working knowledge of statistical packages (please specify which in CV): R, STATA, and Adobe graphics packages, etc Previous experience with ICD-10 (International Classific…

COMPUTER SCIENCE & PUBLIC HEALTH SUMMER STUDENT

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The Centre for Global Health Research (CGHR – http://www.cghr.org/) is a non-profit and non-partisan organization associated with the University of Toronto and St. Michael’s Hospital. CGHR’s mission is to lead high-quality public health research that advances global health for all, with particular attention to the world’s poorest populations. We are looking for a candidate with a computer science/engineering academic background to support…

BIOSTATISICIAN / DEMOGRAPHER (Full time, Toronto)

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of multidisciplinary scientists, analysts and trainees in the Toronto, Bangalore and Delhi offices. The successful candidate will also work with project counterparts in international collaborative efforts. This is a renewable 12-month contract position. JOB RESPONSIBILITIES: The main responsibilities of this position are to update, optimize and maintain in-house and globally accessible mortality datasets, and generate mortality estimates. S/he wi…

We’re hiring a Research Assistant/Coordinator!

h research methods, statistical techniques, and quantitative methods is preferred Attention to detail, a meticulous approach to work, time management skills, and ability to meet deadlines are all essential Ability to collect, compile data and information in a presentable format Working knowledge of statistical packages (please specify which in CV): R, STATA, and Adobe graphics packages, etc Previous experience with ICD-10 (International Classific…