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Offer: Data in Motion: 25 Years of Demographic and Health Surveys

Please join the Environmental Change and Security Program for a
discussion of

Data in Motion: 25 Years of Demographic and Health Surveys

featuring

Hans Rosling, Professor of International Health, Karolinska Institutet,
and Director, Gapminder Foundation

Tuesday, May 26, 2009
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Reception to follow
6th Floor Flom Auditorium
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004 USA

For the past 25 years, Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) have
provided a large body of, high-quality, nationally representative and
cross-nationally comparable data on population and health in more than
70 developing countries. Funded by the U.S. Agency for International
Development, these surveys have proven invaluable for developing-country
governments and their ministries of health; NGO field and headquarters
staff; researchers; donors; and others concerned with health and
development.

Using his dynamic Trendalyzer software--which was recently bought by
Google--Hans Rosling will bring DHS numbers to life, demonstrating how
reproductive health impacts poverty, maternal mortality, and other
health indicators. He will also show how the slow but steady convergence
of life conditions has made the division of countries into “Western”
and “developing” categories an outdated and unhelpful concept.

Rosling is a professor of international health at the Karolinska
Institutet in Stockholm and director of the Gapminder Foundation, which
developed the Trendalyzer software system. Rosling's dynamic
presentations showing international statistics as moving, interactive
graphics have been highlights at conferences, including the visionary
technology summit TED. While serving as a district medical officer in
northern Mozambique, he discovered konzo, a formerly unrecognized
paralytic disease that is induced by hunger and malnutrition.

If you are interested, but unable to attend the event, please tune into
the live or archived webcast at www.wilsoncenter.org. The live webcast
will begin approximately 10 minutes after the posted meeting time. You
will need Windows Media Player to watch the webcast. To download the
free player, visit:
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/download.

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