11:00—12:30 PM ET

Tracking Mortality Amidst COVID-19 and Beyond – Progress, Obstacles, and New Directions


  • Philip Setel, Vice President, Civil Registration and Vital Statistics, Vital Strategies
  • Fatima Marinho, Senior Technical Advisor, Civil Registration and Vital Statistics, Vital Strategies (Brazil)


  • Samira Asma, Assistant Director-General for the Data, Analytics, and Delivery for Impact Division, World Health Organization
  • Erin Nichols, Epidemiologist with the Global Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Team, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Health Statistics
  • Amanda Glassman, Executive Vice President, and Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development


Around the world, governments at all levels struggle to rapidly and accurately produce data on total deaths as well as deaths and cases of COVID-19. Too often policymakers “fly blind” in the midst of this pandemic, affecting our collective ability to determine appropriate policy responses and to evaluate policy effectiveness. This event will look at one set of efforts to move rapid mortality surveillance forward in low- and middle-income countries with a specific example from Brazil, discuss new strategies to obtain and analyze data more quickly, assess how external funders are supporting surveillance and mortality data collection, and contribute ideas for more ambitious efforts to improve the timeliness, accuracy, and availability of data in this area.

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