Leaders: Better statistics needed to track global health

02/15/2013 | ScienceMag.org

An international meeting of 60 health statistics leaders convened by the World Heath Organization is calling for better collection methods to help record and count the sick and dead. Scientists say the biggest problem is that many places where the worst diseases are rampant are often also ill-equipped to keep correct statistics on the living, infected and the dead. Participants at the meeting agreed to work together, including sharing data and software, in gathering more accurate public health statistics.

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