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Population observatories as sources of information on mortality in developing countries

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  • Gilles Pison

    (Institut national d'études démographiques)

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A ‘population observatory’ is a study in which a whole population of a defined geographical area is monitored over a long period (several years or decades), and information on the events that happen (births, deaths, marriages, migration) is collected on a regular basis. This paper presents the collection method used in population observatories, the type of results that they provide, and how they are useful for the study of mortality in the nations of the South. In the first part, the different observatories in the developing countries are reviewed, and certain specific aspects of their methodology are studied in detail. In the second part two examples are presented - the observatories of Bandafassi and Mlomp, in Senegal.

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Article provided by Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany in its journal Demographic Research.

Volume (Year): 13 (2005)
Issue (Month): 13 (November)
Pages: 301-334

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Handle: RePEc:dem:demres:v:13:y:2005:i:13

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Keywords: cause of death; demographic surveillance; developing countries; malaria; measles; mortality; population observatory; prospective community studies; Senegal; verbal autopsies;

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  1. Hayes, Richard & Mertens, Thierry & Lockett, Geraldine & Rodrigues, Laura, 1989. "Causes of adult deaths in developing countries : a review of data and methods," Policy Research Working Paper Series 246, The World Bank.
  2. Géraldine Duthé & Gilles Pison, 2008. "Adult mortality in a rural area of Senegal," Demographic Research, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany, vol. 19(37), pages 1419-1434, August.
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  1. Géraldine Duthé & Gilles Pison, 2008. "Adult mortality in a rural area of Senegal," Demographic Research, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany, vol. 19(37), pages 1419-1434, August.

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