Workshop 8: Verbal autopsy analysis

October 2011, Kisumu, Kenya

The eighth ALPHA workshop, on analysing Verbal Autopsy (VA) data was held in October 2011 in Kisumu, Kenya hosted by CDC/KEMRI. The workshop investigated how well AIDS deaths are identified by the VA questionnaire instruments, whether these are interpreted manually by physicians, or automatically processed by software that assigns a probability score to different causes. We focused in particular on what proportion of pregnancy-related deaths are attributable to HIV, to help shed light on the apparent rise in maternal deaths in the context of the HIV epidemic.

This was the first ALPHA workshop we are carried out in partnership with another organisation (INDEPTH) and the first to be funded by the World Health Organization.

Kisumu workshop outline

IDS highlights – Studies of HIV in African Communities