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IUSSP/MPIDR Workshop on  


 Mortality Monitoring in the Era of the SDGs

Rostock, Germany, 11-13 December 2018


Organized by the IUSSP Committee on Data for Development, in collaboration with the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, and with support from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

The primary aim of this workshop is to create a space for creative discussion that will lead to a focused set of recommendations for future work to improve mortality monitoring in the framework of the SDGs, specifically SDG 3: “Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.” Emerging mortality and cause of death measurement methodologies, especially for subpopulations and small-areas, need to be reviewed, refined and shared more broadly across the international research community. The meeting will assess the state of global mortality monitoring, develop, rank, and articulate a small set of focused, high priority, feasible initiatives to transform mortality monitoring in the context of the SDGs and ongoing efforts to strengthen CRVS systems, and then devise a plan for how to proceed in their implementation. 


Throughout the meeting, under age 5 child mortality, maternal mortality, adult mortality, and causes of death will be explicitly addressed. Three overarching themes will provide a framework for the meeting:


  • Coverage, granularity/disaggregation and timeliness of mortality estimates,


  • Uncertainty, aggregation, interpolation, and communication of derived values, and


  • Models: Statistical versus traditional demographic models (indirect estimates), and consideration of other new approaches (e.g., experimental work on new questions…).