Cause of death information is the basis for identifying the burden of disease in a population, which is critical for governments to know for effective policy, planning and resource allocation. Despite this, reliable cause of death information is not available in many low- and middle-income countries. A range of practical, cost-effective interventions are available to improve cause of death information in countries, which maximise the potential of IT and recent research advances.
The 2016 version of the WHO verbal autopsy instrument is suitable for routine use. The instrument is designed for all age groups, including maternal and perinatal deaths, and also deaths caused by injuries.Version: February 2017 Download here
This document provides guidance on how to improve the quality of cause of death data in hospitals, and will be useful for Ministry of Health staff, hospital administrators and managers, medical society officers, medical education leaders, and physicians.Version: 02 - April 2017 Download here