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Baiden, Frank; Bawah, Ayaga; Biai, Sidu; Binka, Fred; Boerma, J. Ties; Byass, Peter; Chandramohan, Daniel; Chatterji, Somnath; Engmann, Cyril M.; & Greet, Dieltiens, et al. (2007). Setting International Standards for Verbal Autopsy. Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 85(8), 570-571. PMCID: PMC2636382


In many countries most deaths occur at home. Such countries often have civil registration systems that are limited or non-existent and therefore most deaths go unrecorded. Countries that cannot record the number of people who die or why they die cannot realize the full potential of their health systems. Health systems need reliable numbers and causes of death to function properly. But in these circumstances – in the absence of a complete picture of the population’s health – there are tools and techniques that can be used to obtain a fairly accurate representation of mortality trends.


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Bulletin of the World Health Organization

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Bull World Health Organ. 2007 Oct;85(10):819


Baiden, Frank
Bawah, Ayaga
Biai, Sidu
Binka, Fred
Boerma, J. Ties
Byass, Peter
Chandramohan, Daniel
Chatterji, Somnath
Engmann, Cyril M.
Greet, Dieltiens
Jakob, Robert
Kahn, Kathleen
Kunii, Osamu
Lopez, Alan D.
Murray, Christopher J. L.
Nahlen, Bernard
Rao, Chalapati
Sankoh, Osman
Setel, Philip W.
Shibuya, Kenji
Soleman, Nadia
Wright, Linda L.
Yang, Gonghuan