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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 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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  • New Dates announced for the Second Ministerial Conference on CRVS in Asia and the Pacific

    Originally postponed because of the global pandemic, the Second Ministerial Conference on CRVS now has new dates for the 16th to 19th November, 2021. The current situation hindered preparations for the event in 2020, but we are back on track 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.

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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 November 2021.

    What are the numbers so far?

    • 45 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 situation regarding COVID-19, the celebration of the midpoint of the CRVS Decade (2015-2024) was postponed until November 2021. The ongoing pandemic impedes the safe organization of such an event, while also shedding new light on the need for well-functioning CRVS systems that can feed discussions on regional challenges.

We will do our best to keep you informed of Conference updates and in the meantime additional information and resources can be accessed here.

 

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.

National Progress Update Template

As part of the reporting structure of the Regional Action Framework on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) in Asia and the Pacific, by the end of 2015, members and associate members are required to submit a baseline report to the ESCAP Secretariat through their designated national focal point. The present document is intended to facilitate the compilation of national data and inputs for this baseline report.

Plan International Digital Birth Registration risk assessment tool

This document provides guidance on identifying and mitigating risks associated with digital birth registration for implementing government agencies and their partners operating in low- and middle-income countries. It expands on the model of DBR developed by Plan International as part of its Count Every Child initiative and within the context of strengthening civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) systems more broadly. The tool provides: checklists of likely risk factors, example risk mitigation mechanisms for each, and prompts to develop context-based responses.

Mortality statistics a tool to improve understanding and quality

This guide is intended to help build analytical capacity to assess the quality of mortality statistics that are currently being collected in order to improve their value in informing health policies and programs. To assist countries in validating and correcting their mortality data, the World Health Organization (WHO), in partnership with the Health Information Systems Knowledge Hub at the University of Queensland (UQ), Brisbane, has developed this mortality statistics assessment guide and toolkit.

Medical Examiners and Coroners Handbook on Death Registration and Fetal Death Reporting

This handbook contains instructions for medical examiners and coroners on the registration of deaths and the reporting of fetal deaths. It was prepared by the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). These instructions pertain to the 2003 revisions of the U.S. Standard Certificate of Death and the U.S. Standard Report of Fetal Death and the 1992 revision of the Model State Vital Statistics Act and Regulations.

Measuring CoD in Papua New Guinea using locally developed VA instrument

The VAI was initially designed to be used by field reporters with minimal schooling and had only 18 symptom questions. It also allowed for the recording of a brief open-ended narrative, the place of death, any treatment by health services, and the type of treatment. The disease classification was based on Lay reporting of health information (WHO 1978) and COD was entered into the international form of the death certificate. Verbal autopsies (VAs) were physician-coded with reference to diagnostic algorithms.

Mapping Gender Data Gaps

Data2X, named for the power women have to multiply progress in their societies, aims to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment through improved data collection and analysis that can provide a solid evidence-base to guide development policy. To provide basic information for a Data2X roadmap, this report maps gender data gaps in developing countries across five domains of women’s empowerment: (1) health, (2) education, (3) economic opportunities, (4) political participation, and (5) human security.

Partners

Multiple partners in Asia and the Pacific are engaged in improving CRVS systems across the region. In addition to the regional partnership of organizations working on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS), several sub-regional initiatives align partners' activities within a sub set of the Asia and Pacific countries. All of these development partners work together in supporting countries in their implementation of the Regional Action Framework throughout the Asian and Pacific CRVS Decade (2015-2024)

 

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Advocacy Materials, Meeting Documents, UN Official Documents, 2015
Newsletters, 2020