• 2024 Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Applied Research Training Initiative

    The CRVS applied research training (CART) initiative focuses on enhancing CRVS systems through supporting applied research on strategies, interventions, and tools. This involves designing projects to address practical questions, employing robust methodologies, and identifying key personnel for effective implementation and publication. The need to strengthen practitioners' research capacity is evident, as highlighted in the Asia-Pacific CRVS research forum held in 2023. 

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  • Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems Improvement Framework

    To meet the targets of the CRVS Decade, a Business Process Improvement approach can help improve and streamline Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) system. The CRVS Systems Improvement Framework help CRVS stakeholders assess, analyze and redesign, to improve user experience and produce timely vital statistics. 

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  • Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Inequality Assessments

    The Ministerial Declaration on CRVS in Asia and the Pacific emphasizes the need to address CRVS inequalities among hard-to-reach and marginalized populations, promoting universality and equity in civil registration regardless of factors such as gender, religion, or ethnicity. Countries are encouraged to conduct assessments to assess where such inequalities may exist.

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  • Asia-Pacific Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Research Forum

    The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) organized the first Asia-Pacific CRVS Research Forum which was held from 3-4 April 2023. Hosted by ESCAP in Bangkok, the fully online event offered a major research, information sharing, and capacity-building opportunity for participants. They were able to present at and attend paper presentations and interactive sessions, including networking opportunities.


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The CRVS community in Asia and the Pacific has reflected on where it stands at the midpoint of the CRVS Decade (2015-2024) during the Second Ministerial Conference. Following this celebration of progress, many of our partners and member countries are leading actions to fill the remaining gaps.

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Read the midterm report


Gendered Dimensions of Marriage and Divorce Registration Laws in Africa

This report analyzes the gendered impacts of inadequacies in marriage and divorce registration in six countries on the African continent. The six countries reviewed are Uganda, Kenya, South Africa, Rwanda, Burkina Faso and Morocco, representing the different types of legal systems prominent on the continent. A review of each of these legal systems reveals a common thread: each legal system fails to adequately recognize various marriages embraced by the population and in doing so, denies women in these marriages important rights.

Sharing of death information across the Pacific

Many Pacific Island countries and territories are unable to get accurate counts of birth, death and causes of death information. This lack of information affects local health and community planning, funding and priority planning and ability to access aid investment. Many people are born in one country but die in another place. The original birth and death certificates are generally issued in the country of occurrence, so the records are often not registered in their home island, country or territory. 

Uprooted: The growing crisis for refugee and migrant children

This report presents, for the first time, comprehensive, global data about these children – where they are born, where they move, and some of the dangers they face along the way. The report sheds light on the truly global nature of childhood migration and displacement, highlighting the major challenges faced by child migrants and refugees in every region.

International Conference on Data for Decision (D4D) in Health

As part of  strengthening Management Information Systems (MIS), Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) has been using Information Communication and Technology (ICT) for collecting routine data on health, services, human resource, logistics, citizen’s grievance, and, staff attendance for couple of years by using ‘District Health Information System (dhis2)’, ‘Human Resource Information System (HRIS)’ and few other software.

Statistical Commission, 48th Session

The United Nations Statistical Commission, established in 1947, is the highest body of the global statistical system. It brings together the Chief Statisticians from member states from around the world. It is the highest decision making body for international statistical activities especially the setting of statistical standards, the development of concepts and methods and their implementation at the national and international level.

Start-Up ICD-10 Mortality List (SMoL) for DHIS2

The Start-Up Mortality List (SMoL) has been designed to be in line with the International Classification of Diseases version 10 (ICD-10), and informs setting public health priorities and tracking progress towards national and international targets and goals such as the post-2015 health and development agenda. This list is designed to be a first step towards standardized reporting of causes of death. Countries lacking the capacities to code to ICD-10 3- or 4-digits should use the SMoL.

Digital Health Conference in the Asia-Pacific and AeHIN 5th General Meeting

The Asia eHealth Information Network (AeHIN), together with the Ministry of Health and Sports (Myanmar), World Health Organization (WHO), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Norwegian Agency for Development cooperation (NORAD) and other development partners welcomes all participants to our Digital Health Conference and 5th AeHIN General Meeting 2017: Achieving the SDG’s with ICT at Nay Pyi Taw the capital city of Myanmar from March 6 to 10, 2017.

The Philippines: Country case studies and investment plans

A global meeting on civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) took place in Addis Ababa from 28-29 April 2014, co-hosted by the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Bank Group, and sponsored by the Government of Canada Department for Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD).

The purpose of the meeting was to discuss investment and acceleration of CRVS strengthening, building on the current regional and global momentum (see Agenda, Annex I). More specifically, the meeting’s objectives were to: