Monday, April 15, 2013

Strengthening civil registration and vital statistics for births, deaths and causes of death

World Health Organization, 2013

Richard Horton – The Lancet

Marie-Paule Kieny, Assistant Director-General, World Health Organization, HMN Executive Secretary, a.i.

Alan Lopez Chairman, HMN Executive Board Executive Director, Health Information Systems Hub, University of Queensland

Available online PDF [238p.] at:

“…..This Resource Kit represents a compilation of knowledge, experiences and resources

……This Resource Kit is designed to support countries in planning and implementing improvements to their civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) systems. It has been compiled using critically assessed materials drawn from many sources, and is presented in a user-friendly way that is accessible to both experts and users with a general interest in evidence-based decision-making.

The Resource Kit will enable all users to identify, locate and make use of core standards, tools, materials and country experiences. It has benefited from the many technical inputs of a broad range of individuals with expertise in the areas of civil registration, vital statistics, health information systems and public health….”


Executive summary


MODULE 1: Strategic options and roadmap for improvement

MODULE 2: Legal basis for civil registration and vital statistics

MODULE 3: Registration practices, coverage and completeness

MODULE 4: Death certification and cause of death

MODULE 5: Coding mortality data

MODULE 6: Data quality checks, access and use

MODULE 7: Interim methods for generating vital statistics when civil registration is inadequate

MODULE 8: Building support for strengthening civil registration




Annex A: Examples of Plan International’s role in changing law and policy

Annex B: Approved ICD-10 training materials

Annex C: Application of data-quality criteria to civil statistics – an example from Australia

Annex D: Four dimensions of the GDDS

Annex E: Contents of the INDEPTH Demographic Surveillance System Resource Kit

Annex F: SAVVY Resources

Annex G: Stakeholder identification template

Annex H: Poster used in communication campaign

Annex I: Recommended structure for a business case

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