Public Health Seminar Series:

An initial assessment of the demographic impact of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa by Stéphane Helleringer, Ph.D.

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Monday, May 4, 2015 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Calit2 Auditorium OCW Video Archive
Seminar Abstract

Prior outbreaks of Ebola virus disease (EVD) have caused ≈1,600 deaths between 1976 and 2013. However, more than 20,000 EVD cases were reported in 2014, due to an outbreak that originated in December 2013 in a remote area of Guinea in West Africa. This EVD outbreak has since spread to 9 countries, but 3 of these countries have been particularly affected: Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. Public health research on EVD has focused on identifying 1) the modes of EVD transmission and related risk factors and 2) the determinants of survival among EVD patients. The impact of EVD on mortality at the population level has garnered much less attention. We assessed the effects of EVD on life expectancy in LSLG in 2014 using available data. We show that, due to EVD deaths, life expectancy may have declined in Liberia and Sierra Leone to levels these two countries had not experienced since 2001-2003, i.e., approximately the end of their civil wars.

Speaker Biography - Stéphane Helleringer, Ph.D.

Stéphane Helleringer, Ph.D.
Stéphane Helleringer, Ph.D. Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University.
Stephane Helleringer is a demographer with interests (1) in the measurement of the global burden of disease and associated risk factors, and (2) in the design/evaluation of programs addressing health issues across the lifecourse in low and middle-income countries (LMICs). One main area of research has focused on testing new ways to improve measures of adult mortality in countries with limited vital registration. In a second main area of work, I have investigated the role of sexual networks in HIV prevention programs.

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