Papers & Reports



Oladeinde, O, Mabetha, D, Twine, R, Hove, J, Van Der Merwe, M, Witter, S, Kahn, K & D'Ambruoso, L 2020, 'Building cooperative learning to address alcohol and other drug abuse in Mpumalanga, South Africa: a participatory action research process', Global Health Action, vol. 13, no. 1, 1726722.

Witter, S, Van Der Merwe, M, Twine, R, Mabetha, D, Hove, J, Goosen, G & D'Ambruoso, L 2020, 'Verbal autopsy with participatory action research (VAPAR) programme in Mpumalanga, South Africa: protocol for evaluation', BMJ Open, vol. 10, no. 2, e036597.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


Thomas LM, D’Ambruoso L, Balabanova D (2018). Verbal autopsy in health policy and systems: a literature review. BMJ Global Health 3: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.



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.


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.

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.


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.


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.

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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)