Mobile Worldwide Health Priorities

February 16th, 2018 by INMED

What a profound difference fifteen years has made. I’m not referring to development of a new mobile app, but rather to the mobility we are witnessing in the causes of disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) lost. In the year 2000, in the world’s lowest income nations the leading threat were these:


Then in the early 2000s came wide expansion of effective HIV medical treatment, accompanied by much improved prevention of mother-to-newborn HIV transmission and Test And Treat to reduce adult-to-adult transmission. Since then, HIV’s contribution to DALYs lost has declined dramatically. By contrast, however, life years lost from birth problems – especially prematurity, infection, and labor complications – have proportionally grown. And persisting throughout these fifteen years are the perennial threats to children from pneumonia, diarrhea and malaria. By 2015 the causes of DALYs lost have changed to these:


Mobile worldwide health patterns demand response with mobile priorities. And, appropriate priority adjustments by healthcare leaders demands that our data apps, so to speak, are indeed up-to-date,. Let me invite you to update your own understanding of today’s worldwide health by taking advantage of the INMED International Public Health Self-Pace Course, 2nd Edition.