• 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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CRVSNOW available for free for low-income countries.

CRVSNOW, the first commercially available cloud-based Civil Registration and Vital Statistics System with the largest installed base in the world, is being offered for free to low income countries. Object Consulting recently implemented CRVS Solutions’ system, called CRVSNOW, in Victoria, Australia for 6.3M citizens.  With this most recent success, CRVSNOW manages the life events for 14M citizens, handles 16,500 users, 123M vital records and prints 880,000 certificates a year. CRVSNOW is the most modern full-function commercially available cloud-based CRVS system in the world. CRVS Solutions is now offering the latest release of CRVSNOW free to low income countries to support the modernization of their CRVS systems. CRVS Solutions’ offer includes a free test system and no mandatory support fees so interested countries can evaluate CRVSNOW online at no cost. “Modern electronic systems that can link civil registration with civil identification system, particularly while assigning unique identification numbers to individuals at birth and with other information systems, can be a key factor in improving the access of these individuals to critical public services such as education, health, social welfare, and financial services,” said Dr. Samuel Mills who leads the implementation of the World Bank Group (WBG) 2016–2030 Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) Action Plan and the delivery of the state-of-the-art, comprehensive CRVS eLearning course. Mills negotiated with CRVS Solutions to make CRVSNOW available to interested low-income countries for free. However, Mills emphasized that the WBG does not endorse specific vendor products; WBG encourages countries to assess several products to make informed decisions on the best overall value for money while considering quality, cost, and other factors as needed. CRVSNOW has three main modules: 1) Core for staff and registry operations; 2) eRegistry – user interface and web service interfaces for hospitals, funeral directors, marriage celebrants and other stakeholders; and 3) ePublic – for all citizens to access the services of the registry e.g., parents registering the birth of a child. All modules are free for Low Income Countries. Several countries are implementing a social registry for social safety net programs. A Social Registry is key to implementing social programs and enabling the delivery of successful outcomes consolidates the outreach, registration and assessment of needs and conditions of populations likely to be targeted by social programs. CRVSNOW is a platform to support any registry including a Social Registry. “CRVSNOW is now proven in the two largest states of Australia with over 14M citizens. As part of our corporate social responsibility policy, we are very pleased to offer CRVSNOW to UN designated Low Income Countries for free to help them improve registration of vital events and contribute to furthering the UN’s SDG’s. Our team is experienced and ready to assist Low Income Countries to adopt CRVSNOW.” said Graham Jones, Group Business Development Manager for CRVS Solutions. CRVSNOW can be customized to suit local context. The user interfaces for the system use RESTful APIs to communicate with the application servers. The user interfaces are written in Angular which is very flexible about formatting and style which allows a considerable degree of control, but CRVS Solutions can provide the source code for specific forms to allow countries to make their own version. Countries can integrate their own user interfaces into the API if desired. CRVSNOW has an offline feature called the Field System.  The Field System is a complete CRVSNOW system on a laptop. It is designed to be taken into the field where there are no network connections such as remote villages or islands. Because it is a complete system and it contains the registry (encrypted and with additional security), registry operations such as entering notifications, producing certificates and searching the registry can be conducted in the field with no Internet connection. Any notifications that are entered are saved in a “draft” list and then later submitted to the core when the Field System is reconnected to the network. Jones added, “Whilst CRVSNOW was built for the high end needs of a high-income country, every country can use these features to improve data quality, make registration more accessible to every citizen and gain the cost benefits of cloud computing. Low income countries can start off using the core functions and then later use the high-end features without incurring any additional license costs.” Further details, videos and downloads are available through the website at crvsnow.com.

Review of Legislation for CRVS in Pakistan

The Technical Support Unit-CRVS, Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform (M/o PDR) has been pursuing the agenda of CRVS strengthening in Pakistan. To determine the baselines, both rapid and comprehensive assessments were organized and strengths and weaknesses of existing system were documented. During this process, immediate work on the CRVS legal framework was identified as an important thematic area for the improvement of CRVS and formulation of CRVS National Strategic Plan. Towards this end, an in depth study was conducted by the Technical Support Unit-CRVS to review current legislation for CRVS in detail both at National and Provincial levels and also to look for at the feasibility of enacting CRVS Universal law. This study focused upon the review of pre-independence and post-independence CRVS related laws, concentrating on the legislation for registration of births, deaths, marriages and divorces. Strengths and weaknesses of the legislation were highlighted. This study revealed multiple issues pertaining to legislation including; contradictory and outdated legislation, poor enforcement and understanding, inconsistent legislation application, complexity related to payments, lack of clear definitions and clarity regarding roles and responsibilities among provinces. All these factors were recognized as a strong barrier to CRVS system strengthening and called for an extensive improvement of current legislation, development and adoption of a national uniform CRVS law to replace currently fragmented, piecemeal laws. The findings of the legislation review were disseminated during a consultative meeting held on March 04, 2019 at TSU PPMI Complex, Islamabad. Recommendations/suggestions were discussed in detail. The meeting was participated by National Database & Registration Authority (NADRA), Local Government and Rural Development Department, Federal and Provincial ministries and departments of planning and development, health, law and justice and development partners. One of the distinct outcomes of the consultation was to initiate the formulation of a policy framework for comprehensive CRVS legislation. Additional evidence and directions would be sought using some innovative CRVS Legislation framework tools being used in other situations. Technical Support Unit (TSU) has already devised a roadmap for the coming months to achieve this goal.

CRVS Insight April 2019

Articles

  • CRVS Programme's Implementation is a top priority in Pakistan
  • Looking at the numbers in the Philippines
  • Call for Proposal from the Global Financing Facility
  • Global Virtual Summit on Digital Identity
  • Data for Development

Events

  • Second workshop of the project to strengthen vital statistics report writing, 1-5 April Bangkok, Thailand

Resources

Second Workshop of the Project to Strengthen National Capacities in Producing and Disseminating Vital Statistics from Civil Registration Records, Phase II

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), with support from the Bloomberg Data for Health Initiative (D4H), is holding the second workshop of the Project to improve the capacity of national Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) systems in producing and disseminating vital statistics. The Project supports the implementation of the Regional Action Framework on CRVS in Asia and the Pacific, in particular Goal 3 which stipulates that accurate, complete and timely vital statistics (including on causes of death) are produced, based on registration records, and disseminated. This multi-phased Project consists of two, sequential training workshops between January and March 2019 and will lead the participating countries in creating a complete, national vital statistics report. Resources can be found by following the link below. http://www.getinthepicture.org/resource/presentations-and-working-session-documents-second-workshop-phase-ii

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