For individuals, documents from vital events such as birth, death, and marriage certificates are crucial to providing legal identity and unlocking rights to education, access to healthcare, inheritances, and voting. For governments, information collected when these events are registered provides critical insights into their populations’ health and needs. This information also enables countries to measure their progress toward achieving many of the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals. Robust civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) systems are the roots of good governance, yet today 40% of deaths and 25% of births of children under age 5 are still not registered.
Aimed to help increase registration globally, the CRVS Systems Improvement Framework offers governments a collaborative and an end-to-end guide to examine their current CRVS processes, identify gaps and determine areas needing improvement. The goal is to strengthen vital statistics data collection and use for more effective planning and priority setting.
The CRVS Systems Improvement Framework was developed in collaboration with experts convened by the Economic Commission for Africa’s Africa Programme for Accelerated Improvement of CRVS (APAI-CRVS). Vital Strategies co-led the development, working alongside APAI-CRVS, the Centre of Excellence for CRVS Systems, the Pacific Community and the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific with support from the Bloomberg Philanthropies Data for Health Initiative.
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