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

We've compiled stories about MITS in one location for your reference.
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MITS Surveillance Alliance Annual Meeting Announced
We are excited to announce the dates for the upcoming MITS Surveillance Alliance annual meeting which will take place Wednesday, October 4 and Thursday, October 5, 2023 in Nairobi, Kenya. Please hold the week of October 2-6 pending confirmation of the specific meeting location, details, and logistics.
We look forward to gathering and meeting everyone in person!

MITS Surveillance Alliance Announces Site Selection for Three-Year Grant Awards
The MITS Surveillance Alliance (MITS Alliance) has awarded five grants to new surveillance sites that support the integration of the Minimally Invasive Tissue Sampling (MITS) approach into existing mortality surveillance site systems. Read more here.


Recent Alliance Member Publications

Ultrasound-Guided Minimally Invasive Autopsy of Respiratory Muscles as a Safe and Cost-Effective Technique in COVID-19 Pandemic Era
read it here

Post‐mortem biopsy of a patient with late exacerbation of COVID‐19 pneumonia
read it here

Disseminated cryptococcosis in a deceased with HIV-1 diagnosed by minimally invasive tissue sampling technique
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.