Burkina Faso: Extending verbal autopsy to examine social and medical causes of maternal mortality.


This briefing note was developed in collaboration with partner researchers in Burkina Faso for the purpose of providing feedback at district level health planning. It describes a methodological adaptation of the Verbal Autopsy (VA) survey method; a technique used to establish levels and causes of deaths which take place outside hospitals and health facilities. This study took place in November 2007 in the Ouargaye district in south eastern Burkina Faso. The findings suggest that the social production and political economy of health are highly influential to health outcomes.


Immpact Briefing Note, November 2008, 3 pp. Available in French and English.

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