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Welcome to InterVA

InterVA provides the leading public-domain resources for interpreting verbal autopsy data

InterVA - the background

Around half of the world's deaths pass without any formal registration of the cause of death. This is a major problem for understanding the world's health problems, and for planning the best solutions.

For many years, researchers and policy makers have been undertaking Verbal Autopsy (VA) interviews with people who were present at someone's death - to get more information, and try to determine the cause of death.

But there remains a problem - how to interpret VA interviews reliably and consistently in order to arrive at causes of death?

InterVA is a suite of computer models to facilitate interpreting VAs, and the latest versions and information are available on a public-domain basis from this site. This research is based at the Umeå Centre for Global Health Research, in northern Sweden, which also hosted the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Verbal Autopsy from 2012 to 2016.

NEWS: We have just released a new tool for COVID-19 Rapid Mortality Surveillance (CRMS), more details here

Click here for more information and to download the free open-source software.

All the details about InterVA-5, which can also process InterVA-4 and SmartVA datasets, is in a paper at BMC Medicine,

"An integrated approach to processing WHO-2016 verbal autopsy data: the InterVA-5 model"

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