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Published on Jan 24, 2019
Pioneer of the verbal autopsy method for determining the underlying cause of death in people who die outside of health settings, Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne and Technical Advisor for the Bloomberg Philanthropies Data for Health Initiative, Dr Ian Riley, describes how the method has evolved from his work in the 1970s examining the efficacy of the pneumococcal vaccine in Papua New Guinea into large-scale implementation to improve civil registration and vital statistics in Bangladesh, China, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.
Topics include: - Ian's work to develop a local verbal autopsy instrument in the 1970s to study the efficacy of the pneumococcal vaccine in Papua New Guinea (0:29) - What is verbal autopsy? (1:09) - What is a 'gold-standard' death? (2:23) - The 'Tariff' method (2:47) - Notification of death (5:24) - CRVS law reform (6:31) - Moving to large-scale implementation (7:05) - Verbal autopsy results (9:15) - Verbal autopsy sustainability (10:01)