The case for verbal autopsy in health systems strengthening

Lucia D'Ambruoso, Ties Boerma, Peter Byass, Edward Fottrell, Kobus Herbst, Karin Källander, Zoë Mullan

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The quest for robust, affordable, consistent methods for filling global health information gaps is familiar. But frequently the focus is on how the international community can extract population-based data, rather than how countries and communities can use robust methods to understand and act on their own health and disease burdens.

This week, researchers are convening in Vancouver, Canada, for the 4th Global Symposium on Health Systems Research organised by Health Systems Global. At the same time, the INDEPTH Network (the International Network for the Demographic Evaluation of Populations and Their Health) is meeting in Kampala, Uganda. INDEPTH and Health Systems Global are distinctive groups committed to research for action.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e20-e21
Number of pages2
JournalLancet Global Health
Issue number1
Early online date18 Nov 2016
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017

Bibliographical note

This Comment is based on a round-table discussion held at University College London on Oct 17, 2016, funded by a Health Systems Research Initiative grant from the UK Department for International Development (DFID)/Medical Research Council (MRC)/Wellcome Trust/Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) (MR/N005597/1). We declare no competing interests.


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