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Small Area Health Statistics Unit - CB01057

DEFRA contributes to the Small Area Health Statistics Unit (SAHSU) programme, based at Imperial College. The SAHSU programme was originally established in 1987 following a recommendation made in the Black inquiry into the cluster of childhood leukaemia near Sellafield. It was set up with four main objectives

- examine unusual clusters of disease particularly in the neighbourhood of industrial installations
- build up reliable background information on the distribution of disease in small areas
- study available statistics in order to detect any unusual incidence of disease
- develop methodology for analysing and interpreting small area statistics

The new contract set up in 2004 continues to meet these objectives. The Department of Health leads on the administration and the contract is overseen by a steering group of funding departments and agencies plus external experts.
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2004

To: 2008

Cost: £477,498
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Department of Health
Environmental Protection              
Public Health              
Toxic Substances              
Fields of Study
Chemicals and Nanotechnology