David and Barbara Roux established the Roux Prize in 2013 to award innovation in the application of disease burden research. The prize recognizes the person who has used burden of disease data in bold ways to make people healthier.
Mr. Roux is a founding board member of IHME and, over the past decade, he championed IHME’s most ambitious project, the updating of the Global Burden of Disease (GBD). And he encouraged IHME, as the coordinating center for researchers around the world, to find ways to make the information more useful, so that it would actually have an impact on the ground.
The GBD enterprise dates back to 1993, with the publication of the World Bank’s World Development Report, and, since that time, GBD data have been used in a wide variety of ways to inform better policymaking at the local and international levels. Mr. Roux wanted to reward that kind of evidence-based innovation and to encourage even bolder attempts to improve population health through better measurement of disease burden.
The Global Burden of Disease (GBD) is a systematic, scientific effort by a consortium of researchers worldwide to quantify the comparative magnitude of health loss from diseases, injuries, and risk factors by age, sex, and geography over time. It is the most comprehensive effort to date to measure epidemiological levels and trends around the world, and its most recent iteration measures the impact of hundreds of diseases, injuries, and risk factors in 188 countries. The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington is the coordinating center for this effort. The principle guiding the GBD approach is that the best estimates can only be generated by analyzing all available sources of information in an area and correcting for problems with the data. More than a research study, the GBD approach is a platform for comparative assessment that provides a set of measurement tools that countries can use to track changes in population health, identify successes, and address health challenges. GBD aims to bring new attention to a broader range of illnesses and conditions having an impact on health worldwide and to help guide new target-setting exercises for health improvement. It also provides a framework and knowledge that can advance efforts to develop and implement truly effective health interventions. For more information about GBD, click here.