Journal article

Diversity of epidemiological transition in the Pacific: Findings from the application of verbal autopsy in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands

John D Hart, Pkb Mahesh, Viola Kwa, Matthew Reeve, Hafizur Rahman Chowdhury, Gregory Jilini, Rooney Jagilly, Baakai Kamoriki, Rodley Ruskin, Paison Dakulala, Paulus Ripa, Dale Frank, Theresa Lei, Tim Adair, Deirdre McLaughlin, Ian D Riley, Alan D Lopez



Background: Cause of death data are essential for rational health planning yet are not routinely available in Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Solomon Islands. Indirect estimation of cause of death patterns suggests these populations are epidemiologically similar, but such assessments are not based on direct evidence. Methods: Verbal autopsy (VA) interviews were conducted at three sites in PNG and nationwide in Solomon Islands. Training courses were also facilitated to improve data from medical certificates of cause of death (MCCODs) in both countries. Data were categorised into broad groups of endemic and emerging conditions to aid assessment of the epidemiological transition. Findings: Between 2..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This study was funded under an award from Bloomberg Philanthropies to the University of Melbourne to support the Data for Health Initiative.