Verbal Autopsy with Participatory Action Research (VAPAR): Expanding the knowledge
base through partnerships for action on health equity
13th November 2019 | Hazyview Protea Hotel
We convened a workshop on 13 November 2019. Workshop participants included officials from the
Mpumalanga province, Ehlanzeni district, Bushbuckridge sub-district and local health facilities of the
Mpumalanga Department of Health, as well as community representatives from three villages within the
MRC/Wits-Agincourt Health and Demographic Surveillance System. There were 20 participants including the researchers and Department of Health officials from Provincial, District and Sub-district levels. Following short presentations, discussions centred around 3 themes: community engagement in health systems and planning, opportunities for change within a decentralized health system (decision spaces), and multisectoral collaboration.