About The Alliance

With more accurate data about causes of death, governments and health institutions can better plan and prioritize efforts to improve health outcomes.

A relatively simple technique called Minimally Invasive Tissue Sampling, or MITS, can help provide important data about potential causes of death, similar to the information obtained with a complete autopsy.

The MITS Surveillance Alliance aims to improve cause of death ascertainment through the expansion of the use of MITS globally. We facilitate the use of MITS by interested institutions and researchers and help grow the network of partners using pathology-based surveillance in various populations, geographies, and contexts.


New MITS Blog Posted.
When pathology and global health collide: RTI's Norman Goco and ISGlobal's Jaume Ordi discuss how we can learn from death to improve health around the world on RTI's Insights blog. Read more about it

New MITS Training Center Opening.
The Alliance recently conducted a Training of Trainers workshop to help launch a MITS training center in Nairobi Kenya. The center will be a hub for pathologists and pathology technicians to learn the latest techniques and best practices on the MITS procedure. Read more about it

New Grants Awarded.
We recently announced the awardees of the Alliance’s latest round of incentive grants. Congratulations to all those who received grants — we look forward to following your work! Read more about it

Recent Alliance Member Publications

Determining the Cause of Death Among Children Hospitalized With Respiratory Illness in Kenya: Protocol for Pediatric Respiratory Etiology Surveillance Study (PRESS)
read it here
Exploring family, community and healthcare provider perceptions and acceptability for minimal invasive tissue sampling to identify the cause of death in under-five deaths and stillbirths in North India : a qualitative study protocol
read it here
CHAMPS, an Alliance member, is using MITS to help determine cause of death in newborns and ultimately reduce infant mortality in the future. An article published by the Gates Foundation's The Optimist newsletter discusses it.
read it here
New Paper from the PURPOSe study published.
read it here


What We Do



We drive the collaboration needed for high-quality and rapid learning on determination of cause of death with MITS by facilitating sharing and discussion of lessons learned, tools, and resources.



We help scale up the use of MITS globally by supporting a growing network of members to use pathology-based surveillance in various populations, geographies, and contexts.


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We improve the precision of cause of death information with MITS-generated data through the continuous assessment and adaptation of procedures.