An estimated 9.7 million people die each year in India—more than New York City’s entire population—yet many deaths go undocumented.
That’s a problem for public health. The missing data could inform public health decision-making, including identifying hotspots and inequities.
- During the pandemic, for example, India officially recorded averages of around 3,000 or 4,000 Covid-19 deaths per day—but analysts who saw signs of much higher mortality had little data to back their concerns.
And India’s not alone:
- More than 100 countries lack proper systems to record births and deaths, according to Vital Strategies.
- Two-thirds of deaths are never accounted for globally, according to the WHO.
Bright spot: Decentralized, locally driven collection and verbal autopsy projects are helping to close the gaps.
Many States Are Not Reporting The Latest COVID-19 Numbers – NPR
Florida changed its COVID-19 data, creating an ‘artificial decline’ in recent deaths – Miami Herald