This manual is intended to provide verbal autopsy (VA)1 interviewers with the information needed to conduct interviews systematically, to ensure the information collected is reliable and valid. It
provides a complete description of the roles and responsibilities of the interviewers for conducting VAs in routine surveillance. This manual is also designed to show how to conduct an interview with
SmartVA using the electronic version of the PHMRC VA Shortened Questionnaire on tablets and the Open Data Kit (ODK) Collect software. This manual can be used in conjunction with the VA Technical
User Guide which provides further information on the technical aspects of using the tablet to collect and transfer information.