About the Authors

Peter Byass

peter.byass@epiph.umu.se

Affiliation Umeå Centre for Global Health Research, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Umeå University, Sweden

Kathleen Kahn

Affiliations Umeå Centre for Global Health Research, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Umeå University, Sweden, MRC/Wits Rural Public Health and Health Transitions Research Unit (Agincourt), School of Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Edward Fottrell

Affiliation Umeå Centre for Global Health Research, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Umeå University, Sweden

Mark A. Collinson

Affiliations Umeå Centre for Global Health Research, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Umeå University, Sweden, MRC/Wits Rural Public Health and Health Transitions Research Unit (Agincourt), School of Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Stephen M. Tollman

Affiliations Umeå Centre for Global Health Research, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Umeå University, Sweden, MRC/Wits Rural Public Health and Health Transitions Research Unit (Agincourt), School of Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Competing Interests

Professor Byass is a member of the PLoS Medicine Editorial Board.

Author Contributions

ICMJE criteria for authorship read and met: PB KK EF MAC SMT. Agree with the manuscript's results and conclusions: PB KK EF MAC SMT. Designed the experiments/the study: PB. Analyzed the data: PB SMT. Collected data/did experiments for the study: KK MAC SMT. Wrote the first draft of the paper: PB. Contributed to the writing of the paper: KK MAC SMT. Primarily responsible for developing the verbal autopsy instrument, training of field workers, managing physician assessments, and approach to analyses based on physician assessment: KK. Worked with the VA data and the InterVA model: EF. Responsible for data integrity: MAC.