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Measuring Excess Mortality during the COVID-19 Pandemic in Low- and Lower-Middle Income Countries: The Need for Mobile Phone Surveys

Published time: 29 May 2020

Keywords: Civil registration and vital statistics, COVID-19, Demography Low-income Countries, Mobile phone surveys, Mortality, Survey data


In low income and lower-middle-income countries, data from civil registration systems do not allow monitoring excess mortality during the COVID-19 pandemic. Rapid mobile phone surveys aimed at measuring mortality trends on a monthly basis are a realistic and safe option for filling that data gap. The data generated by mobile phone surveys can play a key role in better targeting areas or population groups most affected by the pandemic. They can also help monitor the impact of interventions and programs, and rapidly identify what works in mitigating the impact of COVID-19.

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



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