CRVS in regions
Despite the well-documented benefits of CRVS, many countries do not have adequate systems in place. The births of tens of millions of children are known to be unregistered every year, and it is estimated that two-thirds of deaths are never registered and are thus not counted in the vital statistics system.
OverviewThe WHO CRVS Strategic Implementation Plan 2021-2025 aims to empower Member States to more effectively mobilize their health sector to lead, or contribute to, CRVS system strengthening efforts in order to ensure maximum benefit from routine data systems for policy and development. The Implementation Plan avails detailed guidelines that outline how this might happen in practice and what Member States need to consider when implementing health-related CRVS strengthening activities.
This guidance aims to support health-related programme managers and civil registrars as they define strategies to strengthen CRVS systems and leverage global and regional initiatives aiming to achieve universal registration of births, deaths and stillbirths. The guidance is based on the premise that the health sector can play a proactive role in ensuring that births and deaths are officially registered by national civil registration systems. This follows because vital events such as births and deaths often take place within a health institution; health workers are in contact with people at key moments in the life course – at the time of birth and at the moment of death.