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Verbal Autopsy through the use of Mobile Phones

Verbal Autopsy through the use of Mobile Phones: What is the acceptability and feasibility of giving cause of death information generated by Mobile InterVA to families of the deceased in rural Nepal?

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Dates: 2013 onwards

Principal Investigator: Dr Joanna Morrison

Location: Nepal

Funding: UCL Grand Challenges

Contact: joanna.morrison@ucl.ac.uk
 

Project Summary

The births and deaths of two-thirds of the world's population go unrecorded. This project examines the feasibility and ethical acceptability of Mobile InterVA (MIVA), a new low-cost mobile system for recording probable cause of death. 

MIVA uses a simple computer programme to determine probable causes of death, which means that families can be informed much more quickly than with traditional forms of verbal autopsy. However, it also raises significant ethical questions. This project will use interviews with professionals and families to explore how people respond to the death of a family member, and how MIVA can be used most effectively and appropriately in rural Nepali settings.


Research Team

Dr Joanna Morrison

Dr James Wilson

Dr Ed Fottrell

Dr Dharma Manandhar

Bharat Budhathoki

Mangala Manandhar 

Rita Shrestha

Publications

Resources

http://www.bbc.com/news/health-24164824

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/grand-challenges/UCLGC/event-film

Information sheet

Keywords

Personalised Medicine

Global Health and Development

Presentations

GCGH Poster

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