Skip to main content

Table 2 Possible verbal autopsy based causes of death by area of residence in Meskan and Mareko district, Ethiopia. 1995–1999.

From: The use of simplified verbal autopsy in identifying causes of adult death in a predominantly rural population in Ethiopia

Possible cause Urban Rural highland Rural lowland Total
  No. (%) No. (%) No. (%) No. (%)
I. Communicable Diseases 37 (52.1) 150 (63.6) 126 (60.6) 313 (60.8)
Acute Febrile illnesses 11 (15.5) 66 (28.0) 53 (25.5) 130 (25.2)
Diarrheal diseases 5 (7.0) 25 (10.6) 27 (13.0) 57 (11.1)
All forms of tuberculosis 6 (8.5) 23 (9.7) 21 (10.1) 50 (9.7)
HIV/ AIDS 8 (11.3) 20 (8.5) 10 (4.8) 38 (7.4)
Pneumonia 4 (5.6) 14 (5.9) 10 (4.8) 28 (5.4)
Meningitis 3 (4.2) 2 (0.8) 5 (2.4) 10 (1.9)
II. Non-communicable Diseases 20 (28.2) 56 (23.7) 48 (23.1) 124 (25.4)
Liver diseases 8 (11.3) 26 (11.1) 24 (11.5) 58 (11.3)
Cardio-vascular diseases 6 (8.5) 13 (5.5) 13 (6.3) 32 (6.2)
Chronic obstructive lung diseases 4 (5.6) 14 (5.9) 9 (4.3) 27 (5.2)
Acute abdomen conditions 2 (2.8) 3 (1.3) 2 (0.9) 7 (1.4)
III. Maternal causes 3 (4.2) 19 (8.1) 14 (6.7) 36 (7.0)
IV. Injuries 2 (2.8) 6 (2.5) 1 (0.5) 9 (1.7)
Undetermined 9 (12.7) 5 (2.1) 19 (9.1) 33 (6.4)
Total 71 (100) 236 (100) 208 (100) 515 (100.0)