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Zambia's death coverage climbs with Data for Health

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Published on Feb 26, 2019

Zambia's rate of death registration coverage has been low as a result of the law that requires all deaths that are registered to have a cause. The Bloomberg Philanthropies Data for Health Initiative in Zambia is using verbal autopsy methods to count deaths that occur outside of health settings, in order to get a better understanding of who is dying of what in the country, which will better inform preventative health policies and plans.

Interview with Brian Munkombwe, Health Scientist, US CDC; Chomba Mwango, Country Coordinator, Data for Health Initiative; Lisuba Kabanda, Senior Registrar, National Registration Passport and Citizenship in Melbourne, Australia in December 2018.

Topics include:
-Capturing more births and deaths (0:42)
-Value of verbal autopsy in Zambia (2:19)
-System integration (3:10)
-Piloting verbal autopsy (4:25)
-Findings of verbal autopsy pilot (5:21)
-Medical certification of cause of death (6:02)
-Mortality coding (7:29)
-Ghana Public Health Bulletin (10:01)

For more information on the Bloomberg Philanthropies Data for Health Initiative, visit: www.crvsgateway.info

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