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.

Our Stories

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MITS at TropMed 2020 Conference
Congratulations to our MITS Alliance partners on the important research being conducted that will be presented at the American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene (ASTMH) 2020 conference.
All will be presented through an ePoster platform during poster sessions on Monday, November 16, Tuesday, November 17, and Wednesday, November 18. In addition to posters by our partners in the CHAMPS Network, here is a listing of MITS partner posters at the conference.

CHAMPS findings published in Lancet Global Health
Findings from a multi-site analysis of CHAMPS cases were published in The Lancet Global Health. "Initial findings from a novel population-based child mortality surveillance approach: a descriptive study" highlights the value of CHAMPS' laboratory and diagnostic approaches, namely minimally invasive tissue sampling (MITS), in identifying specific causes of stillbirth and child death in Africa and Asia. Link to publication

Welcome New Grantees
We welcome and congratulate the four newest members of the MITS Alliance:
Abdul Momin Kazi, MBBS, MPH, Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan
Marcus Lacerda, MD, PhD, Fundação de Medicina Tropical (FMT), Manaus, Brazil
Stephen Obaro MD, PhD, FWACP, FRCPCH, FAAP, International Foundation Against Infectious Diseases in Nigeria (IFAIN), University of Nebraska Medical Center
Prof. D.E. Darlington Obaseki, University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), Benin City, Nigeria
For more information on the grantees, please read more.


Recent Alliance Member Publications

The October 2019 Clinical Infectious Diseases Supplement features “The Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance (CHAMPS) Network: Foundational Methods”.
read it here

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.