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Read our latest edition of More than Numbers!

More than Numbers is the e-newsletter that keeps you up-to-date on what is happening in the civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) arm of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Data for Health Initiative (D4H) by the University of Melbourne.

We are excited to move onto the second phase of this system-changing, data-enriching initiative that will put more reliable mortality data into the hands of decision makers.

We integrated verbal autopsy into civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) systems and replaced paper forms with digital notification in many countries. Thousands of people who were trained and involved in the collection, analysis and dissemination of CRVS information now have a greater skillset and understanding of the importance of accurate cause of death information. 

It is without saying that we couldn't have done it alone and we are buoyed by the enthusiasm we have seen along this journey. We are confident that the design of our CRVS interventions will allow countries to sustainably integrate these new processes into their health systems. Our mission is to make people's lives healthier and longer because of better mortality information on which to base their decision-making and plans. 

The photo above features a ward recorder in the Alotau District of the Miline Bay Province in Papua New Guinea. I think his face says it all — empowered with training on notifying birth and deaths to the health centres — and a new record book! — to do his important work.

We will continue to mark our successes and findings in this newsletter throughout the next phase of the initiative.

In this edition, you will find links to the latest journals, resources and tools, including many new course materials; we have insights into D4H verbal autopsy implementation from a stalwart in the field, Professor Ian Riley; and many countries share their experiences using verbal autopsy methods. We have in-country video interviews and documentation of our work in Brazil, Colombia and Myanmar, as well as profiles of our five most recent Fellows at the University of Melbourne. Enjoy!

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