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Real-Time Monitoring of Under-Five Mortality

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In most low-income countries, Ministries of Health and their partners must rely on periodic household surveys as their primary population-level source of vital statistics. Recent initiatives around the Millennium Development Goals have directed the attention of the scientific, policy, and practice communities towards the limited progress over the last 60 years in improving vital statistics systems in low-income countries, leading to increased demands by public health officials for the measurement of short-term changes in under-five mortality. Few studies have examined the accuracy of real-time mortality measurement in low resource settings, and the potential for such approaches to be strengthened and scaled up. This new PLOS Collection brings together the results of a five-year program of research focused on improving the measurement of short-term changes in neonatal and child mortality in low-resource settings.

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Real-Time Measurement of Under-Five Mortality
Comparative Assessments of Real-time Monitoring of Under-Five Mortality Monitoring
The Realities of Community-Based Vital Events Reporting at Country Level
Methodological Issues & Advances
Advances & Next Steps
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Collection Support

The authors gratefully acknowledge the Government of Canada for its support of this project through the Real-Time Results Tracking Grant.

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