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Civil Registration and Vital Statistics

Advances in systems thinking, demography and technology mean that for the first time, counting every human life is possible, even in remote areas.

Why It Matters

  • 40% of deaths are unregistered. Most that are registered are listed without a clear cause—or no cause at all.
  • 100+ low- and middle-income countries do not have fully functioning CRVS systems.
  • 25% of the births of children under 5 globally have not been registered.

Our Current Focus

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