2017 has been an incredibly productive year for CHAMPS: a total of 5 CHAMPS surveillance sites have launched child mortality surveillance with minimally invasive tissue sampling (MITS) collection, CHAMPS sites in Mozambique and South Africa have begun convening local expert panels to assign causes of death (known as the Determination of Cause of Death or DeCoDe process), and CHAMPS organized a symposium at the 2017 American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Annual Meeting, in addition to many other technical milestones. Simultaneously, CHAMPS managed an external management review, site financial reviews, joint planning with Johns Hopkins University on Countrywide Mortality Surveillance for Action in Mozambique, a grant renewal process, and organizing the CHAMPS Network meeting and Global Partners Board meetings. Most importantly, our in-country partners continue to display passionate commitment to working together on CHAMPS and achieving its objectives, and it is wonderful to take pause and note the progress we have achieved together, laying the groundwork for further success ahead.
Dr. Rob Breiman, Executive Director of CHAMPS