Subnational burden estimation: methods and applications for locally tailored public health programme planning

Frequently asked question


A key requirement for public health preparedness and planning is the availability of reliable estimates of health needs. Globally, emerging public health threats (i.e. COVID-19, influenza, disaster relief) rely on subnational estimates of disease burden to optimally allocate limited health resources and to monitor the effectiveness of interventions.

In this session, infectious disease experts and disease modelers will present novel methods and approaches to monitor and estimate disease burden at subnational level and will demonstrate how these estimates are used to inform public health decisions.


– Ente Rood, Senior epidemiologist, KIT Royal Tropical Institute 
– Christina Mergenthaler, Epidemiologist, KIT Royal Tropical Institute
– Jake Mathewson, Epidemiologist, KIT Royal Tropical Institute
– Muhammed Semakula, Epidemiologist & Statistician; Rwanda Ministry of Health/ KIT Royal Tropical Institute 
– Abdullah Latif, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Grant Manager; Mercy Corps Pakistan 
– Nathaniel Henry, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation