Mass vaccination campaign in India may have contributed to spike in cases

Professor S (Subu) V Subramanian, PhD, has authored a comment in The Lancet Global Health in which he cautions that the mass vaccination campaign in India may have contributed to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases there. He urges leadership in India to rethink its vaccination strategy to reduce virus spread by preventing overcrowding and … Continue reading “Mass vaccination campaign in India may have contributed to spike in cases”

First study to map child undernutrition in India by village shows greatest variation at these micro levels

A study published in PNAS by Harvard Pop Center Visiting Scientist Rockli Kim, ScD, faculty member S V Subramanian, PhD, and colleagues that utilizes “state-of-the-art data science techniques” to map and predict child undernutrition across the nearly 600,000 villages in India now provides governments at the most local level with this critical information about their … Continue reading “First study to map child undernutrition in India by village shows greatest variation at these micro levels”

Geographic Insights Lab rolls out two new interactive dashboards: one for tracking NFHS data in India, the other for COVID-19 vaccination by U.S. congressional district

The National Family and Health Survey (NFHS) provides critical data on India’s health, nutrition, and population indicators. The Government of India utilizes many of these indicators to formulate policies and track its progress. The team at Geographic Insights Lab presents an interactive dashboard that systematically allows multiple stakeholders to compare 55 indicators for 300+ districts … Continue reading “Geographic Insights Lab rolls out two new interactive dashboards: one for tracking NFHS data in India, the other for COVID-19 vaccination by U.S. congressional district”

Geographic Insights Lab presents LIVE COVID-19 vaccine rollout dashboard for India by state

The Geographic Insights Lab is an initiative committed to improving public policies by honing in on targeted geopolitical units (such as congressional districts in the U.S. and parliamentary constituencies in India) in order to mine more precise population health and development data. This Lab, led by S V Subramanian, professor of population health and geography … Continue reading “Geographic Insights Lab presents LIVE COVID-19 vaccine rollout dashboard for India by state”

Taking a closer look at the psychosocial stressors that are thought to affect health and mortality

A study focused on middle-aged and older Americans by Harvard Pop Center postdoctoral fellow Justin Rodgers, faculty members David R. Williams, Ichiro Kawachi, and S V Subramanian, along with their colleague Adolfo G. Cuevas, sheds light on the eight behavioral, biological, and psychological pathways commonly thought to play a  role in the association between stress … Continue reading “Taking a closer look at the psychosocial stressors that are thought to affect health and mortality”

Study aims to advance prevention of HIV/AIDS among young women in low- and middle-income countries

Two researchers affiliated with the Harvard Pop Center (Chungling Lu, PhD, and S V Subramanian, PhD) and their colleagues assessed levels of knowledge of HIV/AIDS and associated socioeconomic disparities among young women between the ages of 15-24 using Demographic Health Surveys from 51 low- and middle-income countries completed between 2002–2018.  Their findings, published in JAMA … Continue reading “Study aims to advance prevention of HIV/AIDS among young women in low- and middle-income countries”

Interdisciplinary research lab release first COVID-19 live tracker for U.S. congressional districts

Researchers at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, Harvard Center for Geographic Analysis at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science, and Microsoft AI for Health have joined forces to create a COVID-19 live tracker that monitors the current status of COVID-19 cases and deaths, as well as the reduction of new cases in … Continue reading “Interdisciplinary research lab release first COVID-19 live tracker for U.S. congressional districts”

Estimating COVID-19 across Parliamentary Constituencies and districts in India could facilitate better, evidence-based policy decisions

This Harvard Pop Center Working Paper presents the first estimates of COVID-19 cumulative cases and deaths per 100,000 population, and the case fatality rate (CFR) from January 7 – October 18, 2020 across 543 geopolitical units (Parliamentary Constituencies) and 721 districts of India.

Dashboard makes available to the public key COVID-19 metrics by U.S. congressional district

Having access to COVID-19 data for U.S. congressional districts can substantially enhance the ability of elected officials and their constituents to develop and monitor testing and vaccine deployment strategies, as well as to implement other measures to help their districts open safely. Harvard Pop Center faculty affiliate S (Subu) V Subramanian, and Research Associate Weixing … Continue reading “Dashboard makes available to the public key COVID-19 metrics by U.S. congressional district”

Geo-mapping risk of COVID-19 in India

A paper published in a special edition of the Harvard Data Science Review utilizes geo-mapping to identify high-risk areas for the spread of COVID-19 across the Districts and Parliamentary Constituencies of India. The researchers focus on four risk correlates including: population density percentage of population that is exposed to crowding in a household, percentage of … Continue reading “Geo-mapping risk of COVID-19 in India”