Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance (CHAMPS)

Despite reductions over the past two decades, childhood mortality remains high, particularly in low income settings. The basic question of “why are our children dying at such a high rate?” echoes throughout Sierra Leone and numerous countries worldwide. CHAMPS is a multi-country, long-term surveillance program targeted at understanding cause of death in children under five. In partnership with Emory University, the Gates Foundation, and Center for Disease Control, Bombali Shebora Chiefdom in Sierra Leone was selected as the latest site. WHI’s medical surveillance role includes organizing a reporting structure, collecting and recording all data, ongoing training of community and facility reporters, conducting verbal autopsies, reviewing all clinical records for data and developing an improved data record collection.


  • Sierra Leone


  • Health
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