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CIVIL REGISTRATION AND VITAL STATISTICS

IN ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

  • Resources for civil registration during the COVID-19 pandemic

    The current pandemic is disrupting CRVS systems all over the world, but 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 have developed resources offering guidance for civil registration stakeholders on maintaining CRVS activities.

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  • Postponement of the Second Ministerial Conference on CRVS in Asia and the Pacific

    The Second Ministerial Conference on CRVS has been postponed to 2021. The uncertainty of the current situation made it unfit to properly prepare for this event, meant to celebrate progress midway through the CRVS Decade (2015-2024), identify remaining challenges, emphasize the role CRVS plays in sustainable development and promote CRVS as the foundation for legal identity. 

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  • Midterm CRVS Decade (2015-2024) Progress

    ESCAP is collecting country midterm questionnaires to measure regional progress through the midpoint of the CRVS Decade (2015-2024). Responses will inform and guide preparations for the Second Ministerial Conference in October 2020.

    What are the numbers so far?

    • 41 midterm questionnaires collected
    • 53 national focal points established

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Postponement of the Second Ministerial Conference on CRVS in Asia and the Pacific

In light of the current global situation, the celebration of the midpoint of the CRVS Decade (2015-2024) has been postponed. The ongoing crisis indeed impedes the safe organization of such an event, and sheds a new light on the needs for CRVS systems which might feed into the discussions on the remaining challenges in the region. In the build up to the Conference, additional information and resources can be accessed here.

 

Strategic planning to strengthen civil registration and vital statistics systems Guidance for using findings from a comprehensive assessment

This Guidance document has been prepared by the Health Information Systems Knowledge Hub at the University of Queensland (HIS Hub). It is intended to assist those countries that have undertaken a comprehensive assessment of their Civil Registration and Vital Statistics systems (CRVS) using the WHO/ UQ assessment tool (1) to transition from assessment results to a strategic improvement plan. The document describes processes and steps that national managers of the CRVS systems can take after they have completed the comprehensive assessment with all relevant stakeholders.

Strategic Planning Guide for CRVS

The present strategic planning guide has been compiled to assist countries with the development of a civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) strategic plan and work programme following a comprehensive assessment process. A strategic management process model is proposed that outlines four distinct phases, namely: (i) strategy analysis; (ii) strategy formulation; (iii) strategy implementation; and (iv) strategy review. The guide outlines the processes and steps to be followed, together with supportive templates to be completed in each phase.

Statistics Norway (SN) Status Analysis on CRVS

The point of entry of this document is to learn from what has already been done in many countries in the world, including Norway, Albania, Kazakhstan and Mozambique, and to present and discuss good practices to facilitate the process for countries embarking on a CRVS development process. The report also describes the specific role that potentially can be played by national statistical offices in CRVS development, both in building and maintaining registers as well as producing and disseminating data from the system.

Regional Medium-Term Plan 2010-2015 on Reforming and Improving Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems in Africa

The Plan was expected to serve as a guiding tool for countries, regional and international organizations, in managing interventions and monitoring achievements in CRVS systems in Africa from 2010-2015. This regional medium-term plan (MTP) is designed to address areas that need critical reform measures to ensure improved results across all member States.

Regional Guidelines on Preparing Vital Statistics from Civil Registration System

The purpose of the Guideline is to enable the national offices entrusted with generation of vital statistics to have a critical review of their activities and identify areas for improvements. Considering that civil registration system itself is in nascent stages of development in many countries, it is better to take the CRVS system together for improvement.

Population Analysis for Policies & Programmes online course

This course has been set up in response to the growing shortage of skilled population analysts in low and middle income countries, as identified by IUSSP and UNFPA, and the lack of post-graduate training in technical population analysis available to counteract this trend. The primary focus of this course is introducing the user to the methods used by demographers to analyse population data, and the sources of this data and the methods used to collect this data. Throughout the course, students are introduced to the types of issues of interest to demographers through real examples.

Physicians’ Handbook on Medical Certification of Death

This handbook contains instructions for physicians on cause-of-death certification. It was prepared by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). These instructions pertain to the 2003 revision of the U.S. Standard Certificate of Death and the 1992 revision of the Model StateVital Statistics Act and Regulations. This handbook serves as a model that can be adapted by any vital statistics registration area.

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Advocacy Materials, Meeting Documents, UN Official Documents, 2015
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Country Assessments and Strategies, 2020