Within the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 2.6 million people around the world died of the virus, which has affected people in more than 200 countries. As Canada Research Chair in Global Health, Dr. Prabhat Jha’s aim is to better understand how this deadly virus has affected people in different countries.
Jha and his research team are conducting epidemiological studies to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. They are also expanding nationwide mortality studies to several countries and using mortality data in high-income countries to quantify key diseases and their risk factors. In addition, Jha and his team are continuing their ongoing research into the hazards of smoking and the benefits of cessation.