Issue no. 17, February 2019
Vital statistics have become increasingly prominent as primary national information resources on the socio-economic situation of population groups and communities, for policymakers and planners across multiple sectors. Reliable and timely information generated from vital statistics is essential for contributing to more effective planning, efficient resource allocation and accurate evaluation and monitoring. However, in the absence of good communication and dissemination plans, such valuable information bears the risk of becoming outdated, being poorly delivered or misinterpreted. Building an effective communication and dissemination strategy is essential to broaden dissemination to target audiences and maximize the utilization of vital statistics data.