• Preparations for the Second Ministerial Conference on CRVS in Asia and the Pacific

    The Second Ministerial Conference on CRVS will be taking place from the 16th to 19th November, 2021. It will be the occasion to celebrate progress through the CRVS Decade (2015-2024), identify remaining challenges, emphasize CRVS for sustainable development and promote CRVS as the foundation for legal identity. Preparations to get as much valuable inputs for the conference has already started, for example through the children and youth consultation, have already started and updates will be published on this website regularly.

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  • Launch of Getting Every One in the Picture - a snapshot of progress midway through the Asian and Pacific Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Decade

    In preparation of the Second Ministerial Conference on CRVS in Asia and the Pacific to be held from 16 to 19 November 2021, ESCAP has prepared a report on the situation of CRVS systems in the region. By celebrating the progresses and highlighting the challenges remaining to achieving universal registration systems, the report aims at shaping the priorities for the second half of the Decade.

    The report will be launched on 28 June.

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  • Resources for civil registration during the COVID-19 pandemic

    The current pandemic is disrupting CRVS systems all over the world, but also highlighting why well-functioning systems are more essential than ever. As a result, the UN Statistics Division, the World Health Organization and the UN Legal Identity Agenda Task Force developed COVID-19 resources offering guidance for civil registration stakeholders on maintaining CRVS activities.

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Meeting of the Brisbane Accord Group (BAG)

Regional and country level representatives from partner agencies will meet on the 25-27 October for the Brisbane Accord Group meeting in Suva, Fiji, where regional progress and engagement in The Pacific Vital Statistics Action Plan (PVSAP) will be discussed. This meeting will focus on the activities that are currently being undertaken by partners in the region, in addition to country updates on the successes and challenges of registration coverage.

Regional technical consultation on monitoring the health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The Regional Office for South-East Asia, World Health Organization is organizing a Regional technical consultation on monitoring the health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in New Delhi, India. The overall objective of the technical consultation is “to enhance national capacity to monitor the health-related SDGs including equity analysis.”

Specific objectives are to:

Technical guidance to D4H staff for the introduction of verbal autopsy into civil registration and vital statistics systems

Accurate cause of death (COD) information is fundamental to good public health practice. The principal sources of information are medical certificates of COD for deaths in hospitals and verbal autopsies for non-hospital deaths. A verbal autopsy (VA) is a process whereby relatives of the deceased respond to questions about the medical history and terminal illness of the decedent (i.e. the illness that led directly to death). These two sources of COD data are complementary.

Smart VA- Master trainer’s manual

This manual provides guidance for training on all aspects of conducting verbal autopsy (VA) using electronic collection methods. It covers the importance of VA for assigning cause of death for community deaths, the roles and responsibilities of VA interviewers and supervisors, ethics and sensitivity in conducting a VA interview, detailed review of the questions included in the four modules of the SmartVA questionnaire, and how to collect information using a tablet.

Smart VA- Interviewer’s manual

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