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Population observatories as sources of information on mortality in developing countries

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  • Gilles Pison

    (Muséum national d'histoire naturelle)

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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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  • Gilles Pison, 2005. "Population observatories as sources of information on mortality in developing countries," Demographic Research, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany, vol. 13(13), pages 301-334, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:dem:demres:v:13:y:2005:i:13
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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.
    2. 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.
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    1. repec:dem:demres:v:38:y:2018:i:32 is not listed on IDEAS
    2. Stéphane Helleringer & Gilles Pison & Almamy Kanté & Géraldine Duthé & Armelle Andro, 2014. "Reporting Errors in Siblings’ Survival Histories and Their Impact on Adult Mortality Estimates: Results From a Record Linkage Study in Senegal," Demography, Springer;Population Association of America (PAA), vol. 51(2), pages 387-411, April.
    3. 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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    Keywords

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

    JEL classification:

    • J1 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics
    • Z0 - Other Special Topics - - General

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