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Our Mission

Countrywide Mortality Surveillance for Action (COMSA) aims to improve the lives of Sierra Leoneans by producing annual data on mortality and causes of death at national and subnational levels for government and health policy-makers to use.

Our Mission

Countrywide Mortality Surveillance for Action (COMSA) aims to improve the lives of Sierra Leoneans by producing annual data on mortality and causes of death at national and subnational levels for government and health policy-makers to use.

OUR GOALS

1
Establish the Sierra Leone SRS

COMSA is supporting the SL government to develop and implement a sample registration system (SRS) of births and deaths with cause of death using verbal autopsy. SL-SRS tracks 5-8% of total population, deaths, stillbirths, and pregnancies.

2
MITS testing of child deaths in Bo

COMSA is collaborating with CHAMPS to support Minimally Invasive Tissue Sampling (MITS) for 200 child deaths, with Bo District as the starting site. Biological confirmation of child deaths is a novel addition to understanding cause of death.

3
Strengthen routine death reporting

COMSA helps the SL government by strengthening routine death reporting, mortality system integration, and use of data, including linkage with the 117 phone reporting system. As a result, we hope to improve the local statistics on child and adult mortality.

4
Produce targeted verbal autopsy tool

The targeted VA tool will carry out a sub-study on adult febrile deaths. The focused study in Bo explores whether malaria causes a substantial proportion of adult acute febrile deaths as it does for children.

OUR PARTNERS

CGHR-LOGO
Centre for Global Health Research
MOHS-LOGO
Ministry of Health and Sanitation
NJALA-UNIVERSITY-LOGO
Njala University