Kintampo HDSS, Ghana shares a new publication on verbal autopsy and malaria

27 Oct 2017

Our colleagues in Kintampo HDSS in Ghana, working with others, have recently published “A systematic review and synthesis of the strengths and limitations of measuring malaria mortality through verbal autopsy” in Malaria Journal. “The authors identified 828 publications; 88 were included in the final review. Most publications were VA studies; others were systematic reviews discussing VA tools or methods; editorials or commentaries; and studies using VA data to develop MM estimates.

The main limitation were low sensitivity and specificity of VA tools for measuring MM. Other limitations included lack of standardized VA tools and methods, lack of a ‘true’ gold standard to assess accuracy of VA malaria mortality.” They conclude that “Existing VA tools and methods for measuring MM have limitations. Given the need for data to measure progress toward the World Health Organization’s Global Technical Strategy for Malaria 2016–2030 goals, the malaria community should define strategies for improving MM estimates, including exploring whether VA tools and methods could be further improved. Longer term strategies should focus on improving countries’ vital registration systems for more robust and timely cause of death data.” Read the full paper here: