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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.

 

Handbook on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics System -- Policies and Protocols for the Release and Archiving of Individual Records

The Handbook is a comprehensive guide for countries in designing policies on confidentiality of individual information on vital records and the adjunct statistical forms. It also offers methods to permanently store and protect vital records.

Handbook on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics System -- Developing Information, Education and Communication

This handbook provides guidance to countries to design and conduct information, education and communication activities to support national civil registration and vital statistics systems. It covers development of a communication action plan for community workshops and meetings and for media, and special techniques to reach target groups and less privileged populations and those who live in rural areas. It also discusses resource mobilization, development of the time frame, required resources, and identification and mobilization of human resources.

Handbook of Vital Statistics Systems and Methods, Vol. I Legal, Organization and Technical Aspects

This Handbook supersedes the Handbook of Vital Statistics Methods published by the United Nations in 1955. It provides up-to-date guidance to countries to implement international recommendations adopted by the United Nations on vital statistics systems. Volume I addresses issues involved in running comprehensive civil registration and vital statistics systems and their coordination.

Handbook of Vital Statistics Systems and Methods, Vol II Review of National Practices

This Handbook supersedes the Handbook of Vital Statistics Methods published by the United Nations in 1955. It provides up-to-date guidance to countries to implement international recommendations adopted by the United Nations on vital statistics systems. Volume II, published in 1985, reviews national practices in civil registration and vital statistics systems and methods

Handbook for doctors on cause-of-death certification

This capacity-building tool has been produced by the Health Information Systems Knowledge Hub of the School of Population Health at the University of Queensland. This handbook aims to guide doctors in filling out death certificates. This handbook is designed to be a readily accessible resource that doctors can consult rapidly and easily. These are generic guidelines about how to certify the cause of death, written for doctors and medical students, particularly in developing countries.

Guidelines for Conducting Comprehensive Assessments of National CRVS Systems in Africa

These Guidelines have been prepared to assist African countries in undertaking a comprehensive assessment of their Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) systems and in the development of a national CRVS strategic plan. The guidelines are organized into two volumes: The first volume (presented on this document) provides specific steps for assessing a national CRVS system in Africa, sets out the range of options for organizing the exercise, as well as specific issues for investigation.

Global Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Scaling up Investment Plan 2015-2030

The Global Plan for Scaling-up Civil Registration and Vital Statistics covers activities over a 10 year period from 2015 to 2024, with the goal of universal civil registration of births, deaths, marriages, and other vital events, including reporting cause of death, and access to legal proof of registration for all individuals by 2030.

Facilitators’ Strategic Planning Guide for CRVS

This guide has been designed for facilitators to use as a tool to assist country’s teams in the compilation of strategic plans and work programmes needed in the process of developing and implementing Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) systems in Africa, in accordance with the framework laid out in the African Programme on Accelerated Improvement of Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (APAI-CRVS). The guide is based on the document on strategic planning: Strategic Planning Guide for CRVS.

eVitals Standards initiative to enable interoperable electronic data exchanges

CDC/NCHS is providing support and has been collaborating with the National Association for Public Health Statistics and Information Systems (NAPHSIS) and other VR stakeholders to support the eVital Standards Initiative with the goal of providing support for the development of VR standards to enable interoperable electronic data exchanges among electronic health record systems, U.S. vital records systems and potentially other public health information systems for birth, death and fetal death events

Every newborn an action plan to end preventable deaths

The Every Newborn action plan was developed in response to country demand. It sets out a clear vision of how to improve newborn health and prevent stillbirths by 2035. The plan builds on the United Nations Secretary General’s Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health and the Every Woman Every Child movement by supporting government leadership and providing guidance on how to strengthen newborn health components in existing health sector plans and strategies, especially those that relate to reproductive, maternal and child health.

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