Understanding Drivers of Infant Deaths in Rural Rwanda Through Verbal and Social Autopsy: a Mixed Methods Analysis

by Shalini Navale, Lameck Habumugisha, Cheryl Amoroso et al.
Annals of Global Health (2017) – Article in Press

25 pp. 1.0 MB
http://www.annalsofglobalhealth.org/article/S2214-9996(17)30684-7/pdf

Rwanda has been a leader in the global effort to reduce infant mortality particularly in regions of sub- Saharan Africa. While rates have dropped, deaths still occur. The authors analyzed the results from a verbal social autopsy (VSA) study in two districts in eastern Rwanda to understand the care pathways and barriers taken by infant caregivers prior to the death of their infant. By listening to the individual stories of so many caregivers regarding the gaps and challenges they faced, appropriate action may be taken to bolster the existing healthcare system.

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