One of the best ways to help the living, says Prabhat Jha, is to count the dead. Understanding how many people die of which causes is invaluable for designing effective public health programs, says Jha, a global health expert at the University of Toronto in Canada. That's why he started an ambitious research project in India called the Million Death Study, which aims to record the causes of death for 1 million Indians between 1998 and 2014.
How Do You Count the Dead?
Science 15 June 2012:
Vol. 336 no. 6087 pp. 1372-1374