Estimating the pattern of causes of death in Papua New Guinea
Urarang Kitur, Tim Adair, Ian Riley, Alan D Lopez
BMC PUBLIC HEALTH | BMC | Published : 2019
BACKGROUND: Papua New Guinea (PNG) is a diverse country with high mortality and evidence of increased prevalence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), but there is no reliable cause of death (COD) data because civil registration is insufficient and routine health data comprise only a small proportion of deaths. This study aims to estimate cause-specific mortality fractions (CSMFs) for five broad groups of causes (endemic infections, emerging infections, endemic NCDs, emerging NCDs and injuries), by sex for each of PNG's provinces. METHODS: CSMFs are calculated as the average of estimates obtained from: (1) Empirical cause method: Utilising available Verbal Autopsy (VA) data and Discharge Heal..View full abstract
This research was conducted as part of Urarang Kitur's PhD, funded by the Australia Award Scholarship. The funder had no influence on the results.