Guiding the Implementation of COMSA in Mozambique
The Countrywide Mortality Surveillance for Action (COMSA) is being implemented in Mozambique to measure and monitor pregnancies, pregnancy outcomes and deaths reported by a community worker and to determine causes of death through verbal autopsy. A formative research was conducted prior to the COMSA implementation aiming to identify key informants to report vital events and to describe barriers for the identification of vital events in the community.
New Approaches from COMSA in Mozambique
Countries with limited civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) system rely on national household surveys to measure mortality or morbidity. But these data are not able to generate recent and timely mortality indicators. Innovative approaches are needed to support countries to effectively evaluate recent program implementation effects.
COMSA in Mozambique: Field Work Challenges and Opportunities
We aim to describe the challenges and opportunities reported by the Community Surveillance Agents (CSAs), provincial verbal autopsy (VA) interviewers and the central level supervisors during the implementation Countrywide Mortality Surveillance for Action (COMSA), consisting of a nationwide sample registration system to record events (pregnancies, births and deaths) and cause of death in 700 geographic communities randomly distributed across all 11 provinces of Mozambique.
of Public Health (JHSPH)
615 N. Wolfe Street, Baltimore, MD 21205
Vila De Marracuene, Estrada Nacional N°1,
Província De Maputo – Moçambique
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Cidade De Maputo – Moçambique