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The research is supported by the Health Systems Research Initiative from Department for International Development (DFID)/ Medical Research Council (MRC)/ Wellcome Trust/ Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) (MR/N005597/1, MR/P014844/1) 

Papers & Reports


Hussain-Alkhateeb L, D'Ambruoso L, Tollman S, Kahn K, Van Der Merwe M, Twine R, Schiöler L & Petzold M (2019). Enhancing the value of mortality data for health systems: adding Circumstances Of Mortality CATegories (COMCATs) to deaths investigated by verbal autopsy. Global Health Action 12(1):1680068. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/16549716.2019.1680068

D'Ambruoso L, Van Der Merwe, M, Wariri O, Byass P, Goosen G, Kahn K, Masinga S, Mokoena V, Spies B, Tollman S, Witter S, Twine R (2019). Rethinking collaboration: developing a learning platform to address under-5 mortality in Mpumalanga province, South Africa. Health Policy and Planning 34(6):418-429. https://academic.oup.com/heapol/article/34/6/418/5523687

Hove J, D'Ambruoso L, Mabetha D, Van Der Merwe M, Byass P, Kahn K, Khosa S, Witter S, Twine R (2019). “Water is life”: developing community participation for clean water in rural South Africa. BMJ Global Health 4(3): e001377. https://gh.bmj.com/content/4/3/e001377

Byass P, Hussain-Alkhateeb L, D'Ambruoso L, Clark S, Davies J, Fottrell E, Bird J, Kabudula C, Tollman S, Kahn K, Schiöler, Petzold M (2019). An integrated approach to processing WHO-2016 verbal autopsy data: the InterVA-5 model. BMC Medicine 17:102. https://bmcmedicine.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12916-019-1333-6

Edem I, Dare A, Byass P, D’Ambruoso L, Leather A, Kahn K, Tollman S, Whitaker J, Davies J (2019). External injuries and avoidable deaths in Agincourt, South Africa. BMJ Open 9(6): e027576. https://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/9/6/e027576


Thomas LM, D’Ambruoso L, Balabanova D (2018). Verbal autopsy in health policy and systems: a literature review. BMJ Global Health 3:e000639. https://gh.bmj.com/content/3/2/e000639

Thomas LM, D’Ambruoso L, Balabanova D (2018). The use of verbal autopsy and social autopsy in humanitarian crises. BMJ Global Health 3:e000640. https://gh.bmj.com/content/3/3/e000640corr1



Brooks C, D’Ambruoso L, Kazimierczak K, Ngobeni S, Twine R, Tollman S, Kahn K, Byass P (2017). Introducing visual participatory methods to develop local knowledge on HIV in rural South Africa. BMJ Global Health 2:e000231. https://gh.bmj.com/content/2/3/e000231


Wariri O, D’Ambruoso L, Twine R, Ngobeni S, Van Der Merew M, Spies B, Kahn K, Tollman S (2017). Initiating a participatory action research process in the Agincourt health and socio–demographic surveillance site. Journal of Global Health 010413. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5475314/

D'Ambruoso L, Boerma T, Byass P, Fottrell E, Herbst K, Källander K & Mullan Z (2017). The case for verbal autopsy in health systems strengthening. Lancet Global Health 5:e20-e21. https://www.thelancet.com/journals/langlo/article/PIIS2214-109X(16)30332-1/fulltext


D'Ambruoso L, Kahn K, Wagner R, Twine R, Spies B, Van Der Merwe M, Gomez-Olive X, Tollman S, Byass P (2016). Moving from medical to health systems classifications of deaths: extending verbal autopsy to collect information on the circumstances of mortality. Global Health Research and Policy 1,2. https://ghrp.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s41256-016-0002-y


Hullur N, D’Ambruoso L, Edin K, Wagner RG, Ngobeni S, Kahn K, Tollman S, Byass P (2016). Community perspectives on HIV, violence and health surveillance in rural South Africa: a participatory pilot. Journal of Global Health 6:010406. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4871061/