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Invitation to attend launch of Disease and Mortality in Sub-Saharan Africa 
(Second Edition)
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June 19 2006
Cape Town, South Africa

Dear Colleague,

It is an honor and pleasure to invite you to a seminar and reception to launch 
the new book Disease and Mortality in Sub-Saharan Africa (Second Edition) at 
the Cape Town Book Fair:

Date: Sunday, June 18, 2006
Time: 13:00-15:00
Location: Alex La Guma Room
Cape Town International Conference Centre

The 400 page volume consists of 24 chapters written by over 70 authors covering 
the most common diseases and conditions contributing to ill health in Africa.  
It will provide policy makers with a comprehensive reference of high-quality 
epidemiological information on the nature and extent of health problems and the 
health care strategies that show the most promise in Sub-Saharan Africa.  The 
volume is the product of a collaborative effort of the World Bank and the South 
African Medical Research Council.

Disease and Mortality in Sub-Saharan Africa provides the epidemiological 
evidence base for policy makers in Sub-Saharan Africa to act on the 
recommendations in Disease Control Priorities in Developing Countries. This 
recently published volume helps policy makers identify priorities in health, 
and how to deliver interventions to a targeted population in the most 
cost-effective manner.

We hope you will be able to join us for the launch and reception for this 
publication.  Please confirm your attendance to Carole.Roberts@mrc.ac.za so 
that a complimentary Book Fair ticket can be reserved for you.

Best Regards,

Anthony MBewu, President
Medical Research Council

Eduard Bos
The World Bank/
(On behalf of the editors)

Disease and Mortality in Sub-Saharan Africa - outline and launch agenda follow 
below.

DISEASE AND MORTALITY IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA: Evidence for Disease Control 
Priorities
Book Launch
June 18, 2006
1:00-3:00pm
Cape Town International Convention Centre
Convention Square; 1 Lower Long Street; Cape Town 8001; South Africa

Disease and Mortality in Sub-Saharan Africa (Second Edition) is the World 
Bank?s most recent publication that provides policy makers with a comprehensive 
reference of high-quality epidemiological information on the nature and extent 
of health problems in Sub-Saharan Africa and the health care strategies that 
show the most promise. This new edition of Disease and Mortality in Sub-Saharan 
Africa represents a dramatic advancement in knowledge since the publication in 
1991 of the first edition, and reflects the growth in technical capacity for 
data collection.

The current volume documents the depth and breadth of the burden that the 
HIV/AIDS epidemic is inflicting upon Africa, leading to a stalling or a 
reversal of the gains made in health indicators, including infant and 
under-five mortality rates and life expectancy at birth. The epidemic has not 
only increased the spread of communicable disorders?such as tuberculosis, 
malaria, respiratory tract infections, and diarrhoea ? but has also affected 
the epidemiology of cancers, mental health disorders, and neurological 
disorders.

Disease and Mortality in Sub-Saharan Africa provides the epidemiological 
evidence base for policy makers in Sub-Saharan Africa to act on the 
recommendations in Disease Control Priorities in Developing Countries. This 
recently published volume helps policy makers identify priorities in health, 
and how to deliver interventions to a targeted population in the most 
cost-effective manner.

Agenda

1:00-1:05  Introduction by Anthony MBewu, President, Medical Research Council, 
South Africa (MRC)

1:05-1:20   Disease Control Priorities-2 (DCP2) and Disease and
Mortality in Sub-Saharan Africa-2 (DMSSA2) Overview by Anthony MBewu, MRC

1:20-1:35   DMSSA2 Presentation by Eduard Bos, Lead Population Specialist, 
World Bank

1:35-1:50  Presentation by author: Burden of Disease, Cause of Death, and Adult 
Mortality by Debbie Bradshaw, Director, Burden of Disease Research Unit, MRC

1:50-2:05  Presentation by author: Risk factors for Non-Communicable Diseases 
by Krisela Steyn, Director, Chronic Diseases of Lifestyle Research Unit, MRC

2:05-2:20  Presentation by author: INDEPTH Demographic Surveillance Sites

2:20-2:35  Presentation by editor: Policy implications of DMSSA by Malegapuru 
Makgoba, Vice Chancellor, University of KwaZulu-Natal

2:35-2:55  World Bank Panel: How DMSSA and DCP can be used to inform health 
policy and programs in the countries with which they work Khama Rogo, Lead 
Specialist, Africa Region, World Bank and Oscar Picazo, Senior Health 
Economist, Africa Region, World Bank

3:00  Reception

Website for ordering book
http://publications.worldbank.org/ecommerce/catalog/product?item_id=790096

For more information on the event, please email Rifat Hasan at 
mailto:rhasan@worldbank.org

--
Carole Roberts (Ms)
Office of International Affairs
Medical Research Council
South Africa
E-mail mailto:carole.roberts@mrc.ac.za
URL:  http://www.mrc.ac.za

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