• 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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Guidelines for estimating completeness of civil registration of vital events

These Guidelines and accompanying materials have been prepared to support national statistical offices, ministries of health, and other relevant government and non-government agencies to better estimate the completeness of civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) systems, in particular, the completeness of birth and death registration.

Project on Implementing Inequality Assessments and Strengthening Demographic Analysis Capacity

ESCAP initiated a project to develop guidelines and technical support for inequality assessments. This has consisted of a three-seminar series during February-March 2021 on different topics, consisting of a webinar and linked Expert Group material. Country inputs during this seminar series and during the planning phase highlighted the need for increased support in conducting CRVS inequality assessments and strengthening the production and use of inclusive vital statistics.

Webinar upon the release of 2022 WHO verbal autopsy instrument

The WHO Classifications and Terminologies Unit is organizing a webinar upon the release of 2022 WHO verbal autopsy instrument on the 6th of April 2022 at 12:00 UTC/14:00 CET.


14:00 Welcome note
Stephen MacFeely
Director, Department of Data and Analytics - WHO HQ

14:05 Introduction to verbal autopsy
Robert Jakob
Unit Head, Classifications & Terminologies - WHO HQ

14:12 Development of WHO verbal autopsy instrument
Daniel Chandramohan
Past chair of the WHO Verbal Autopsy Reference Group