Rates and causes of death in Chiradzulu District, Malawi, 2008: a key informant study.


Checchi, F; Nyasulu, P; Chandramohan, D; Roberts, B; (2011) Rates and causes of death in Chiradzulu District, Malawi, 2008: a key informant study. Tropical medicine & international health, 16 (3). pp. 375-8. ISSN 1360-2276 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-3156.2010.02702.x

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Abstract

In September 2008, we measured all-cause mortality in Chiradzulu District, Malawi (population 291?000) over a 60-day retrospective period, using capture-recapture analysis of three lists of deaths provided by (i) key community informants, (ii) graveyard officials and (iii) health system sources. Estimated crude and under-5-year mortality rates were 18.6 (95% CI 13.9-24.5) and 30.6 (95% CI 17.5-59.9) deaths per 1000 person-years. We also classified causes of death through verbal autopsy interviews on 50 deaths over the previous 40?days. Half of deaths were attributable to infection, and half of deaths among children aged under 5 were attributable to neonatal causes. HIV/AIDS was the leading cause of death (16.6%), with a cause-attributable mortality rate of 1.8 (0.4-3.6) deaths per 1000 person-years.

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases > Dept of Disease Control
Faculty of Public Health and Policy > Dept of Health Services Research and Policy
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Research Centre: ECOHOST - The Centre for Health and Social Change
Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre
PubMed ID: 21129133
Web of Science ID: 287823500016
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/1929

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