• 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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First 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 first 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 accessed by following the link below. https://www.getinthepicture.org/resource/phase-ii-first-workshop-project...

CRVS Insight January 2019


  • Vital Statistics Report writing worshop
  • Looking at the numbers in Niue
  • ID4D's mission billion challenge
  • Call for inclusion in the CRVS Directory of Experts 


  • Workshop on effective in Public Health journalism, 29-31 January, Bangkok
  • Workshop on CRVS Business process improvement, 28-30 January, Bangkok
  • Call for papers: 7th Seminar on Asia and the Pacific Economies, 31 May- 1 June


  • The role of digital application in agriculture

Pakistan International Summit on CRVS

Pakistan International Summit on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) was organized on November 28 - 29, 2018 in Islamabad. The summit was inaugurated by Federal Parliamentary Secretary for Planning, Development and Reform, Ms. Kanwal Shauzab. Participation was drawn from representatives from multiple Federal Ministries and Provincial Departments of Health, Planning, Local Governments, Law and Justice, Information Technology, National Registration Authority (NADRA) and development agencies. CRVS experts from International Partner Agencies mainly UNICEF, WB, DFID and WHO, universities and research organizations were also participated to share their experiences The summit was also attended by delegates of Maldives, Srilanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. Speaking on the occasion honorable Parliamentary Secretary said that civil Registration and Vital Statistics is a comprehensive mechanism of collecting information on the frequency of occurrence of specified and defined vital events and no other system has such a potential of data collection from grass root level. She said that the Government of Pakistan recognizes that long term implementation of CRVS system is crucial for any society that aspires to have a meaningful impact on the lives of its people.  It was realized that collective efforts of all government departments, private sectors, civil society and academia are required for the successful implementation of National CRVS Program. Modalities need to be worked out to improve inter-sectoral coordination and its legal dimensions. She also lauded the role of Technical Support Unit of CRVS and development partners for organizing the event of this magnitude. This would undoubtedly open new avenues with all the partners and provincial governments. Dr Asma Hyder, Member Social Sector and Devolution at Planning Commission of Pakistan said that her Ministry under the dynamic visionary leadership of new government and its team is working with Civil society and non-governmental organizations in raising community awareness on significance of development of civil registration system. The summit is expected to accelerate the efforts of governments and development partners to ensure that by 2025, all the citizens in the country benefit from universal and responsive CRVS systems. It is hoped that in near future CRVS Pakistan would become at par with other nations, offering universal civil registration coverage to all individuals. This would also provide legal documentation to claim identity and ensuring rights. In addition, it would offer valuable set of vital statistics for planning, development and decision-making. Ministry of Planning Development & Reform also hosted a meeting of Civil Registrars of eight countries from South Asia (CR8) in collaboration with UNICEF on November 30, 2018 in Islamabad. The prime objective of the meeting was to boost the CR8 network and provide inputs to make it efficient, understand CR systems of the eight countries from South Asia to find common grounds for working together. This high-level regional meeting was attended by technical participants from Afghanistan, Bangladesh (online), Maldives, Pakistan. Whereas participants from Nepal, Sri Lanka were also present at the meeting. Observers such as senior managers and heads of international agencies also attended the meeting.

Maldives Stakeholder Workshop

A two-day consultative stakeholder workshop on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics was held in the Maldives between 14 – 16 December 2018. The main objective was to investigate the different systems that record vital events in the country and how the systems can be centrally integrated to address the challenges faced in the Central VRS database. The deliberations went for two days among stakeholders and included the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), Local Government Authority (LGA), Department of National Registration (DNR), Ministry of Health (MoH), National Information and Communication Technology (NCIT) and the main hospital. National Bureau of Statistics(NBS) took the initiative in carrying forward the consultative process. The meeting concluded with a follow-up meeting after one week with NCIT reporting on the practicality of DNR doing data entry in the system established at the island council level. The work plan for 2019 was also discussed at the follow-up meeting.

Workshop on Communication and Dissemination of Vital Statistics Data

Bangkok, Thailand For the concluding activity of the collaborative ESCAP-Vital Strategies project to strengthen national capacities in producing and disseminating vital statistics from civil registration records, ESCAP again partnered with Vital Strategies, an international NGO implementing the Data For Health (D4H) Initiative, from 10 - 14 December 2018, to facilitate effective communication of vital statistics data to policy-makers, academics, and the general public. https://www.getinthepicture.org/resource/presentations-and-working-sessi...

Vital Strategies Training Program: Effective Use of Data in Public Health Journalism - Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) Bangkok, Thailand, January 29-31 2019

Effective Use of Data in Public Health Journalism - CRVS As data become more prevalent and accessible, good reporting on public health challenges – at the community, national, and global levels – increasingly requires journalists who can: • understand and assess the validity of various types of health data; • discover trends and patterns in those data; and • communicate findings from data to their audience clearly, succinctly, and accurately. Program Description This 3-day workshop will build the data use skills of a select group of journalist to develop stories related to Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS). The training will provide a detailed overview of CRVS – what it is and why it is important – and build skills related to data use in reporting. Topics covered: common data related terms and concepts; primary sources of public health data; basic methods for analyzing, interpreting, and visualizing public health data; and effective tactics for interviewing public health experts about data-rich topics. Participants will be mentored to develop a CRVS related data story for publication. Dates: The program will be held from January 29-31, 2019. Schedule: January 28 (Monday) Participants arrive. January 29-31 (Tuesday-Thursday) Participants complete 3 days of practical training. February 1 (Friday) Participants depart. Attendees: 22 mid- to senior-level journalists who (a) work for established media outlets in Bangladesh, Mumbai, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea and Shanghai; (b) have previously produced stories on public health topics; and (c) have a specific idea for a data-rich public health story they want to develop. (NOTE: The journalist’s media house must provide a letter of support and indicate its commitment to publish the story.) Attendees must bring a laptop. Language: Program sessions will be held in English. Journalists who are multi-lingual and report in local languages and are fluent in English are encouraged to attend. Sponsor: Vital Strategies, an international NGO, is presenting this program as part of its Bloomberg Philanthropies Data for Health Initiative. Financial Support to Attendees: Vital Strategies will arrange and pay for participants’ travel to and from Bangkok, as well as lodging while there. It will also provide a per diem stipend to cover meals and other incidental costs during the training program and the conference. JOURNALISTS INTERESTED IN THIS TRAINING PROGRAM SHOULD CLICK ON THIS LINK TO COMPLETE AN APPLICATION APPLICATIONS DUE BY DECEMBER 1, 2018


The goals and targets of the Regional Action Framework offer measurable outcomes for reflecting national progress in achieving the shared vision that all people in Asia and the Pacific benefit from universal and responsive CRVS systems.

Maximizing Synergies between Health Observatories and CRVS: Guidance for INDEPTH HDSS Sites and CRVS Stakeholders

It is ironic that two major data intensive enterprises—national Civil Registration & Vital Statistics (CRVS) systems and population & health observatories such as Health and Demographic Surveillance Systems (HDSS) or Sample Vital Registration with Verbal Autopsy (SAVVY) systems monitor the same vital events (births, deaths, and causes of death) among the same populations in the same countries yet rarely collaborate, remain largely unknown to each other, and analyse and utilise their data in different ways and for different purposes. As a consequence, birth and death surveillance expertise and data frequently remain locked in separate national silos. More worrisome, key analytical findings from the population and health observatories are not seen as an integral part of the fabric of either the national health information systems or the CRVS systems. This is not an either/or issue. Low and some middle-income countries need both an increasingly strong CRVS system and population and health observatories that are collaborating and working synergistically. This document makes the case for this and describes ways in which such collaboration can work to strengthen CRVS.

WHO-SEARO's NCD surveillance and partners forum

Between 17 – 19 September, at the Dusit Thani Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand, World Health Organization Regional office for South-East Asia convened global health experts to discuss non-communicable disease surveillance and monitoring in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as create a new partners forum for sharing information and building consensus to tackle cross-border issues. ESCAP Stats Division staff attended the meeting to support the creation of the new partners forum, make the case that collecting cause of death data from CRVS systems can strengthen monitoring efforts, as well as publicize development partner activity in the region that is supporting these efforts.