Invitation: Data in Motion — 25 Years of Demographic and Health Surveys — Tuesday, May 26

May 10, 2009 • Daily Email Recap

From the Woodrow Wilson Center. This regards an appearance by Hans Rosling in Washington, DC, which you can also view online. Mr. Rosling gave one of my all time favorite lectures at a TED conference. The talk, “New insights on poverty and life around the world.” Can be viewed at:

Please join the Environmental Change and Security Program for a discussion of
Data in Motion: 25 Years of Demographic and Health Surveys
Hans Rosling, Professor of International Health, Karolinska Institutet, and Director, Gapminder Foundation

Tuesday, May 26, 2009
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Reception to follow
6th Floor Flom Auditorium
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20004 USA Webcast live at

Please RSVP to with your name and affiliation.

For the past 25 years, Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) have provided a large body of, high-quality, nationally representative and cross-nationally comparable data on population and health in more than 70 developing countries. Funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, these surveys have proven invaluable for developing-country governments and their ministries of health; NGO field and headquarters staff; researchers; donors; and others concerned with health and development.

Using his dynamic Trendalyzer software–which was recently bought by Google–Hans Rosling will bring DHS numbers to life, demonstrating how reproductive health impacts poverty, maternal mortality, and other health indicators. He will also show how the slow but steady convergence of life conditions has made the division of countries into “Western”
and “developing” categories an outdated and unhelpful concept.

Rosling is a professor of international health at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm and director of the Gapminder Foundation, which developed the Trendalyzer software system. Rosling’s dynamic presentations showing international statistics as moving, interactive graphics have been highlights at conferences, including the visionary technology summit TED. While serving as a district medical officer in northern Mozambique, he discovered konzo, a formerly unrecognized paralytic disease that is induced by hunger and malnutrition.

If you are interested, but unable to attend the event, please tune into the live or archived webcast at The live webcast will begin approximately 10 minutes after the posted meeting time. You will need Windows Media Player to watch the webcast. To download the free player, visit:

Location: Woodrow Wilson Center at the Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC (“Federal Triangle” stop on Blue/Orange Line), 6th Floor Flom Auditorium. A map to the Center is available at Note: Due to heightened security, entrance to the building will be restricted and photo identification is required. Please allow additional time to pass through security.

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