Rapid Mortality Mobile Phone Surveys (RAMMPS)

Posted on Aug 12, 2021 at 10:12

IPOR is working on the Rapid Mortality Mobile Phone Survey (RaMMPS) research project in collaboration with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), New York University- Abu Dhabi (NYU-AD), Malawi Epidemiology Intervention Research Unit (MEIRU), and University of Malawi (UNIMA). For this project, IPOR collects excess mortality data during COVID-19 pandemic period. RaMMPS aims at measuring the impact of COVID-19 in terms of mortality in countries where Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) are weak. It is a national across-section study carried out in Malawi, Mozambique, Burkina Faso, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Bangladesh. RaMMPS collects quantitative data using the Computer Assisted Telephone Interviews (CATI) method (a telephone survey). Apart from data collection, IPOR helped to develop study tools, manage fieldwork, provide bi-weekly reports, programming the study tool, data cleaning, quality assurance, and support data analysis. The study aims at collecting data from 20,000 random mobile subscribers in Malawi. But as of early May 2023, IPOR conducted 12,000 completed interviews. The mobile subscribers are randomly selected with the help of The Sample Solution B.V. of the Netherlands ( Participants for the study include men and women between the ages of 18 and 64 across all regions of Malawi. The project started in January 2022 and is expected to end in June 2023. The challenges IPOR encountered during the course of implementation of the project included difficulties reaching out to women in rural areas through mobile phones and participants would mistake RaMMPS calls as fraudulent calls. But with the help of LSHTM, IPOR is using Interactive Voice Response (IVR) survey for screening rural women and thorough consent is sort to build trust between interviewers and participants.