Most deaths in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) occur at home and without medical attention. As a result, causes of death are often unknown, which limits evidence-based resource allocation, misses identifying new diseases or outbreaks (such as Ebola), reduces accountability over health expenditures, and can impede progress towards the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). To address this imbalance, the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and the Centre for Global Health Research (CGHR) have launched the Statistical Alliance for Vital Events (SAVE), which aims to accelerate the introduction of novel, low cost mortality monitoring systems and expand the use of existing mortality data systems. The initial focus is on India, Ethiopia, Mexico, Mozambique and Sierra Leone. Future expansion will cover about 25 countries. A key goal of SAVE is to expand the global understanding of mortality statistics and their uses.


Meet the QES Scholars

1. MICHELLE AMRI  – PhD student, Social and Behavioural Health Sciences, DLSPH, Collaborative Specialization in Global Health

Studying the extent and determinants of social and economic inequalities in cities globally in low- and middle-income countries and their influence  on inequalities in health.

2. BRICE LIONEL BATOMEN KUIMI – PhD student, Epidemiology, McGill University

Aims to develop quality indicators to assess the performance of health systems in reducing and preventing mortality due to motor vehicle collisions.

3. GEETHA R. MENON – Scientist, National Institute of Medical Statistics, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi

Plans to determine the Indian Disease Burden and implement WHO tools and techniques on Indian morbidity and mortality data for periodic estimation of disease and risk factor burden.

4. GIRMATSION FISSEHA ABREHA – Assistant Professor, Mekelle University School of Public Health, Ethiopia

Seeking skill development in maternal and child health interventional research using longitudinal health data and demographic surveillance for policy action on the Ethiopia Health Sector Transformation Plan.

5. SONNIA-MAGBA BY-BUAKEI JABBI – Principal Statistician & Senior Researcher at Statistics Sierra Leone

Program will enhance his leadership of Sierra Leone’s Countrywide Mortality Surveillance for Action project, which will establish a mortality data system to support health programs, policy decision-making, and resource allocation.

6. MELKAMU DEDEFO GISHU – PhD fellow in Applied Statistics, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Program will facilitate his work as a CHAMPS-Ethiopia Investigator tracking the cause of under-five mortality and still births in sub-Saharan African and south Asia through a new surveillance system.

Summer Institute 2018

The first Global Health and Mortality Summer Institute took place on June 25-29, 2018. Doctoral, postdoctoral, and early career scholars from around the world joined at the University of Toronto for a week of advanced training. Participants engaged in the work of strengthening health and mortality information systems in low- and middle-income countries to support innovative multi-disciplinary research on maternal and child health in order to improve access to health services. This year, we had participants from Ethiopia, India, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, and Canada. Participants are SAVE-QES Fellows, affiliates of the SAVE program, and attendees with a strong interest in statistical methods and mortality data.

Summer Institute 2018 Program

The SAVE-QES Summer Institute is designed to prepare advanced scholars at the doctoral, postdoctoral, and early career levels to:

  • Conduct quantitative research, using mortality data from publicly available datasets;
  • Develop competencies and skills through quantitative data analyses that incorporate gender, research intensive seminars, grant and manuscript writing, knowledge translation, leadership, networking and community engagement opportunities; and
  • Disseminate research results at different stakeholder forums and via high-impact journals.

Apply to be a QES Scholar

Please make sure to read full APPLICATION PACKAGE for additional program information, eligibility, timeline and application process.

Send all application materials (including application form) in one .pdf or.doc file to Vadim Levin ( by midnight EST on January 13, 2019.

Please include all your application materials with the following name format – First Name Last Name – QES Scholar 2019 Application (for example “Vadim Levin – QES Scholar 2019 Application”)



The SAVE-QES Summer Institute is a partnership between the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and the Centre for Global Health Research. It is funded by the Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Advanced Scholars Program, supported through a unique partnership between Universities Canada, the Rideau Hall Foundation, Community Foundations of Canada and Canadian universities. It is made possible with financial support from the International Development Research Centre and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.