How-to guides on SmartVA (6)

University of Melbourne Fellowships

With the view of creating sustainability of CRVS interventions in countries supported by the Data for Health Initiative, the University of Melbourne has committed to a fellowship program that has grown throughout the four-year project.

Fellows spend three months on average at the University of Melbourne, supported by CRVS experts. The fellows' projects provide valuable information that will assist in creating upcoming health policies and plans in their countries.


  • Saiful Islam, Statistician, Ministry of Health and Family Planning, (analysis of verbal autopsy pilot): Video
  • Dr Mohammad Adnan Khan, Directorate General of Health Services (MCCOD quality): Video | Written report 
  • Mohamad Ashfaque Mukut, Deputy Secretary Cabinet Division and Deputy Project Director of the CRVS Technical Project (analysis of pilot using health staff to notify community deaths): Video


  • Raquel Barbosa de Lima, Department of Health Situation Analysis, Ministry of Health, (analysis of data from a pilot study of deaths with ‘garbage codes’): Video | Written report
  • Luiz Fernando, Brazil Institute of Geography and Statistics (inkage of the civil registry and vital statistics in Brazil to estimate completeness of death registration): Video | Written report 
  • Ana Cláudia Medeiros de Souza, Ministry of Health (translate ANACONDA into Portuguese and adapt it for use at the sub-national level): Video | Written report
  • Marli Montenegro, Health Situation Analyst, Ministry of Health (linkage of the civil registry and vital statistics in Brazil to estimate completeness of death registration): Video


  • Dr Chen Jun, Department of Vital Statistics, Shanghai Putuo District Center for Disease Control and Prevention (analysis of the quality of cause of death data in Shanghai): Video
  • Dr Chen Lei, Department of Vital Statistics, Shanghai Shanghai Municipal Center of Disease Control and Prevention (analysis of medical records review and verbal autopsy data in Shanghai): Video
  • Dr Jinlei Qi, Death Surveillance Vital Registration Chinese Center of Disease Control and Prevention (SmartVA and ANACONDA improvement in China’s CRVS system): Video 
  • Dr Tan Ziwen, Department of Vital Statistics, Shanghai Municipal Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (routinely assessment the quality of vital statistics data, using ANACONDA): Written report 


  • José Andrade, National Statistical Office in Ecuador (estimate completeness of death registration at national and subnational levels): Video | Written report


  • Patrick Larbi-Debrah, Health Information Officer, Ghana Health Service (develop a CRVS-VA management dashboard) : Written report | Video
  • Francis Yeji, Research Officer, Ghana Health Service: Video


  • Tun Zin Mar (‘Zin’), Central Statistical Office of Myanmar (develop framework of analysis for a qualitative study to learn about experiences of verbal autopsy interviewers during initial phases of implementation): Written report
  • Tint Pa Pa Phyo, Statistical Officer, Central Statistical Organization (measure completeness of death registration): Video 


  • Marc Hagenimana, Rwanda Biomedical Center Ministry of Health: Video 
  • Xavier Ngomituje, Statistician, National Institute of Statistics Rwanda (Completeness of death registration): Video | Written report
  • Patrick Nshimiyimana, National Institute of Statistics Rwanda (MCCOD analysis) Written report 

Papua New Guinea

  • Ila Rouka and Elizabeth Mathias, National Department of Health (MCCOD quality analysis) Video | Written report 


  • Janet Miki, Ministry of Health (assess impact of death certification interventions to improve cause of death data): Written report 
  • José Llanos Solórzano, Data Analyst, National Institute of Statistics and Informatics, (coverage and omission of births and death register at national and sub-national levels): Video 


  • Marjorie 'Joy' Villaver, Supervising Statistical Specialist, Philippine Statistics Authority (assessing quality of vital statistics): Video | Written report 

Sri Lanka

  • Dr Chamika Senanyake, Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine in Sri Lanka (SmartVA/DHIS integration): Video
  • Dr Rangana Wadugedara, Medical Officer, Health Informatics, Office of Additional Secretary, Public Health Services, Ministry of Health (e-learning module on death certification): Video 


  • Chris Sanga, Statistician, Registration, Insolvency and Trusteeship Agency (completeness of birth registration): Article

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