burden-eu - European Burden of Disease Network

Last updated on 14-12-2022 by Pierre Daubresse
Project duration:
October 28, 2019
October 27, 2023

In short

The European Burden of Disease Network (COST Action CA18218) : 

  • is a technical platform aiming to integrate and strengthen capacity in burden of disease assessment across Europe and beyond
  • supports networking and capacity building through the organisation of meetings, training schools, and individual exchanges. 
  • comprises more than 300 members from across Europe and beyond.

Project description

What are the most relevant diseases in a country? Which risk factors are the strongest contributors to disease and death? How is the impact of different diseases evolving over time, and how does it compare between countries and within subnational units? As the need for prioritising the use of available resources constantly increases, a timely, sound and comprehensive answer to these fundamental questions is more than ever needed to inform public health decision making. Driven by the impact of the Global Burden of Disease study, several researchers and national and international health institutes have adopted the burden of disease approach to address these questions.

The complexity of the burden of disease approach however resulted in major disparities in research capacity across Europe. The burden-eu COST Action addresses current challenges by :

  • stimulating interaction between existing efforts
  • supporting technical capacity building at country level
  • providing a platform to support methodological advances
  • addressing the need for an actionable understanding of the process underlying knowledge translation.

The Action has an interwoven structure of 3 vertical and 2 horizontal pillars :

  • the vertical pillars focus on specific burden of disease applications – i.e., non-communicable diseases and injuries (WG1), communicable diseases (WG2), and risk factors (WG3). They reflect the current fragmented nature of the burden of disease universe.
  • the horizontal pillars focus on cross-cutting and holistic activities – i.e., burden of disease methodology (WG4) and knowledge translation (WG5). They provide the much needed bridge between these different worlds.

More information is available via the website of the European Burden of Disease Network.

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