Is it time to stop being crude? Elderly mortality rates in a refugee camp in Maban County, South Sudan

Du Cros, Phillip, Meredith, Caitlin, Thomson, Kerry, Downing, Sandra, Cooney, Lauren, Siddiqui, M. Ruby, and Cramond, Vanessa (2013) Is it time to stop being crude? Elderly mortality rates in a refugee camp in Maban County, South Sudan. In: [Presented at the Medécins sans Frontieres Scientific Day 2013. From: Medecins sans Frontieres Scientific Day 2013, 10 May 2013, London, UK.

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Background: Mortality is a key indicator in defining and monitoring the scale and severity of a complex humanitarian emergency. While collection of age-disaggregated data is advised in guidelines such as the Sphere handbook, in practice data are rarely disaggregated beyond the under-5s. Despite widespread use of prospective mortality surveillance systems in complex emergencies, there are few guidelines on their implementation and limited evidence of their value. In 2012, 68,000 refugees from Sudan settled in Maban County, South Sudan. MSF introduced a community based surveillance system in Jamam camp to monitor mortality and reported causes of death. Observation of a high proportion of deaths in older refugees led to the adaptation of the surveillance system to collect age-specific mortality data. Here we describe the implementation, outcomes and lessons learnt.

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Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2017 00:59
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111706 Epidemiology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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