Measuring excess mortality during the COVID-19 pandemic in low- and lower-middle income countries: The need for mobile phone surveys

Health and Wellbeing

  • November 2021
  • Journal Articles

Monitoring mortality is an essential component of an effective response to the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 surveillance systems around the world count primarily deaths occurring in hospitals to individuals who tested positive to SARS-CoV-2, although some countries now also include deaths among suspected COVID-19 cases or that have occurred outside of hospitals. Surveillance systems do not count deaths from non–COVID-19 causes, even though they might spike due to health system disruption or downstream effects on the economy.



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Gershim Asiki

Gershim Asiki is a Research Scientist at APHRC, leading the…

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