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CIVIL REGISTRATION AND VITAL STATISTICS

IN ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

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Goal 3 highlights the critical importance of civil registration being linked to the production and quality assurance of vital statistics on the occurrence and characteristics of vital events. For many Governments, the routine generation of accurate complete and timely statistics on births, deaths and causes of death will require medium-term strategic and prioritized investment to improve civil registration and the national statistical system. There is thus a need to work progressively towards this goal. In the interim, the need for data to track progress towards improved health outcomes and broader development goals can be met using alternative sources, including censuses, household surveys and sample registration methods. While each method has some advantages, none is able to replicate the key strengths of civil registration as a source, namely universality in coverage, permanence and continuity, and archiving of records.

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*The data is presented as the number of countries. Total number of countries is 58.
3.A
Annual nationally representative statistics on births
12
29
6
11
3.B
Annual nationally representative statistics on deaths
30
21
3
4
3.D
Reduction of Ill-defined codes
12
31
6
9
3.E
Deaths outside of a health facility and without the attention of a medical practitioner have their underlying cause of death code determined through verbal autopsy
12
27
5
14
3.F
Key summary tabulations of vital statistics on births and deaths using registration records
14
7
14
23
3.G
Key summary tabulations of vital statistics on causes of death using registration records
15
29
6
8
3.H
Vital statistics report for the previous two years, using registration records
12
30
6
10