Journal article

Mortality surveillance and verbal autopsy strategies: experiences, challenges and lessons learnt in Papua New Guinea

John D Hart, Viola Kwa, Paison Dakulala, Paulus Ripa, Dale Frank, Theresa Lei, Ninkama Moiya, William Lagani, Tim Adair, Deirdre McLaughlin, Ian D Riley, Alan D Lopez

BMJ Global Health | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2020


Full notification of deaths and compilation of good quality cause of death data are core, sequential and essential components of a functional civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) system. In collaboration with the Government of Papua New Guinea (PNG), trial mortality surveillance activities were established at sites in Alotau District in Milne Bay Province, Tambul-Nebilyer District in Western Highlands Province and Talasea District in West New Britain Province.Provincial Health Authorities trialled strategies to improve completeness of death notification and implement an automated verbal autopsy methodology, including use of different notification agents and paper or mobile phone me..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This study was funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies.