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Twenty years ago, the World Bank revealed the first glimpse of the Global Burden of Disease as part of the World Development Report 1993, which IHME Director Christopher Murray co-authored.

In February of 2013, Dr. Murray spoke at the World Bank in Washington, DC, on the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study 2010 (GBD 2010). Afterwards, the World Bank asked IHME to produce six region-specific GBD reports. These reports were created for East Asia and the Pacific, Europe and Central Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East and North Africa, South Asia, and sub-Saharan Africa.

On September 4, the World Bank will hold an event to release this series of regional GBD reports. Among those speaking at the event will be Dr. Murray and Timothy Evans, Director, Health, Nutrition and Population at the World Bank.

These reports allow for the World Bank to maintain detailed information specifically tailored to individual countries and regions by estimating levels and trends in health conditions. In doing so, opportunities are created for World Bank staff and policymakers to assess regional health challenges, which may lead to effective decision-making and solutions.

In addition to English, the regional reports will be available in various languages corresponding to the regions, including Arabic, French, Russian, and Spanish.

On Twitter, follow @worldbankhealth and @IHME_UW and search #GBD2010 for more information.

A live webcast of the event, which starts at 10:00 a.m. EDT on September 4, may be seen here: http://live.worldbank.org/global-burden-disease-webcast