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Whether you're a CRVS expert of just starting to learn about CRVS systems, you will enjoy exploring the range of resources available here in our library. Discover more about strengthening and innovating CRVS systems, plus learn from other countries challenges and experiences.


Bangladesh: a successful journey toward CRVS system improvement
Bangladesh: A successful journey towards CRVS system improvement

This CRVS country perspective highlights three successful technical interventions implemented by the Government of Bangladesh and its civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) stakeholders to strengthen the country’s CRVS system

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Author: Bangladesh Implementation Working Group

Publication date: March 2018 (update)

Resource type: CRVS development series

Related resources: CRVS country overview: Bangladesh

Mukut

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Colombia: A strategy to improve the registration and certification of vital events in rural and ethnic communities

This paper details Colombia’s strategy to increase the registration and certification of vital events in rural municipalities and ethnic communities. Key parts of this intervention involve developing a proactive search system to improve capture of vital events through mobile notification, and subsequently applying automated verbal autopsy to determine probable cause of community-based deaths.

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Authors: Colombia Implementation Working Group

Publication date: September 2018

Resource type: CRVS country perspectives

Related resources: CRVS country overview: Colombia


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Fellowship profile: Assessing the impact of death certification interventions in Peru

Between November 2017 and January 2018, Janet Miki from the Ministry of Health in Perú, came to the University of Melbourne to receive support in conducting a study assessing the impact of two death certification interventions to improve cause of death data in Perú. This fellowship profile documents Janet’s experiences whilst at Melbourne, including what she worked on, what she learned, and what impact this might have on improving the quality of mortality data in Perú.

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Author: Miki J

Publication date: December 2018

Resource type: CRVS fellowship profile

Related resources: CRVS country overview: Perú


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Fellowship profile: Assessing the quality of mortality statistics in Shanghai

In 2017, Dr Tan Ziwen came to the University to learn about how to routinely assess the quality of vital statistics data using ANACONDA.

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Author: Ziwen, T

Publication date: April 2018

Resource type: CRVS development series - fellowship profile

Related resources: CRVS country overview: China (Shanghai)


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Fellowship profile: Assessing the quality of vital statistics in the Philippines

Between July and October 2018, Majorie “Joy” Villaver, a supervising statistical specialist of the Philippine Statistics Authority, came to the University of Melbourne to assess the quality and completeness of birth and death registration, as well as the quality of cause of death data using the ANACONDA tool. This fellowship profile documents Joy’s experiences while at Melbourne, including what she worked on, what she found, and what impacts this might have on improving the civil registration and vital statistics system in the Philippines.

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Author: Villaver M

Publication date: December 2018

Resource type: CRVS fellowship profile

Related resources: CRVS country overview: Philippines


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Fellowship profile: Developing a qualitative study protocol on VA interviewer experiences in Myanmar

This CRVS fellowship profile documents Zin’s experiences while at Melbourne, including how she developed the protocol, how she intends to apply it, and what impact her fellowship might have on improving mortality statistics as generated through the CRVS system in Myanmar.

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Author: Mar TZ

Publication date: October 2018

Resource type: CRVS fellowship profile

Related resources: CRVS country overview: Myanmar


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Fellowship profile: Estimating the completeness of birth and death registration in Ecuador

Between August and October 2018, José Andrade, from the Vital Statistics Department of the National Institute of Statistics and Census (INEC) in Ecuador, came to the University of Melbourne to receive support in calculating the completeness of birth and death registration in Ecuador. His fellowship involved using surveys, censuses, and population projections to do so, and these methods are described here, along with implications for the CRVS system of Ecuador.

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Author: Andrade J

Publication date: December 2018

Resource type: CRVS development series - fellowship profile

Related resources: CRVS country overview: Ecuador


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Fellowship profile: Investigating garbage codes to improve mortality statistics in Brazil

Between January and February 2018, Raquel Barbosa de Lima, from the Department of Health Situation Analysis, Ministry of Health, Brazil, came to the University of Melbourne to receive support in analysing data from a pilot study that investigated key attributes of deaths with ‘garbage codes’.

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Author: de Lima R

Publication date: May 2018

Resource type: CRVS country perspectives - fellowship profile

Related resources: CRVS country overview: Brazil


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Fellowship profile: Strengthening civil registration processes and improving vital statistics in Rwanda

Between February and May 2018, Xavier Ngomituje, a statistician from the National Institute of Statistics Rwanda, came to the University of Melbourne to learn about measuring the completeness of death registration, in order to improve national mortality statistics. He then spent time at the Swiss Tropical and Health Institute, University of Basel, to analyse and strengthen the organisation, processes, work flows and functionality of the civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) system of Rwanda.

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Author: Ngomituge X.

Publication date: August 2018

Resource type: CRVS country perspectives (fellowship profile)

Related resources: CRVS country overview: Rwanda

Xavier Rwanda

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Fellowship report: An analysis of cause of death data from Papua New Guinea

Between October and December 2017, Ila Rouka and Elizabeth Mathias from the National Department of Health, Papua New Guinea (PNG), came to the University of Melbourne to analyse medical certificates of cause of death. As well as investigating the patterns and trends in mortality for the country between 2016 and 2017, the fellows were interested in assessing the quality of the certificates themselves. This CRVS fellowship report outlines key findings from their work.

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Author: Rouka I, Mathias E

Publication date: November 2018

Resource type: CRVS development series (fellowship report)

Related resources: PNG: Targeted interventions for sustainable change


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Fellowship report: Patterns and trends in Rwandan hospital mortality data, 2017-2018

Between May and August 2018, Patrick Nshimiyimana from the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda came to the University of Melbourne to analyse cause of death data collected over 12 months from a selected number of hospitals and health facilities. This report highlights key findings from his research, including patterns and trends in causes of death, as well as how the data compare with other sources of mortality data.

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Author: Nshimiyimana P

Publication date: November 2018

Resource type: CRVS development series (fellowship report)

Related resources: Strengthening civil registration processes and improving vital statistics in Rwanda


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Ghana: Developing a CRVS-VA management dashboard

This fellowship report highlights key features of the CRVS-VA management dashboard that was developed by Patrick Larbi-Debrah from the Policy, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation department of Ghana Health Service, as part of his time at the Universities of Melbourne and Basel. The dashboard is a user-friendly tool that provides real-time monitoring of summary statistics from VA interviews.

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Author: Larbi-Debrah, P

Publication date: July 2018

Resource type: CRVS fellowship report

Related resources: Ghana: CRVS country profile

Patrick

Brazil
Meeting on strengthening the quality of information on causes of death in Brazil

The objective of the meeting was to discuss the improvement of the quality of the information on causes of death in Brazil, with the participation of the three spheres of Government, Civil Society, Universities, and International Institutions. This report summarises the main outcomes of the meeting, including each of the main sessions, comments from participants, and links to additional resources.

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Publication date: October 2017

Resource type: Meeting report

Related resources: Fellowship profile: Investigating garbage codes to improve mortality statistics in Brazil

Source: Secretariat of Health Surveillance, Ministry of Health, Brazil


Papua New Guinea: Targeted interventions for sustainable change
Papua New Guinea: Targeted interventions for sustainable change

Outlines the strategy for strengthening the CRVS system, which is based on three pillars: leadership, integration, and capacity-building.

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Authors: Papua New Guinea Implementation Working Group

Publication date: March 2018 (updated)

Resource type: CRVS development series

Related resources: CRVS country overview: Papua New Guina


Peru: An exceptional example of CRVS system advancement
Peru: An exceptional example of CRVS system advancement

This document highlights the major interventions being implemented in Peru as part of the country's CRVS systems-strengthening agenda.

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Authors: Peru Implementation Working Group

Publication date: March 2018 (updated)

Resource type: CRVS development series

Related resources: CRVS country overview: Peru


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Resultados preliminares del fortalecimiento del Sistema Informatico Nacional de Defunciones

El Perú tiene una baja cobertura de defunciones con causa de defunción (54 %) y una mala calidad del registro de las causas de defunción, mas de 45 % de las causas de muerte se clasifican como mal definidas o poco útiles para la formulación de políticas públicas. En respuesta a estos problemas, el Ministerio de Salud, junto a otras agencias gubernamentales, con el apoyo de la Iniciativa Bloomberg «Información para la Salud» está implementando el Sistema Informático Nacional de Defunciones (SINADEF). El objetivo de este artículo es describir el proceso de fortalecimiento del sistema de información de la mortalidad en Perú, centrado en la implementación del SINADEF.

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Authors: Vargas-Herrera J, Ruiz KP, Nunez GG, Ohno JM, Perez-Lu, JE, Huarcaya WV, Clapham B, Cortez-Escalante J

Publication date: October 2018

Resource type: CRVS technical outcome series

Related resources: Peru: An exceptional example of CRVS system advancement

Source: Rev Peru Med Exp Salud Publica. 2018; 35(3):505-14


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Saving lives through certifying deaths: assessing the impact of two interventions to improve cause of death data in Perú

Mortality statistics derived from cause of death data are an important source of information for population health monitoring, priority setting and planning. However, the quality of cause of death data is poor. In August 2016, the Ministry of Health of Perú decided to make two specific interventions to improve cause of death data: to introduce an online death certification system and to train doctors in standard death certification practices. This study demonstrates how the two interventions improved the correctness of death certificates. The study also provides evidence on necessary changes to the training program to address the poor certification practices that have remained after implementation of the online system.

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Authors: Miki J, Rampatige R, Richards N, Adair T, Cortez-Escalante J, Vargas-Herrera J

Publication date: December 2018

Resource type: Academic journal article

Related resources: Fellowship profile: Assessing the impact of death certification interventions in Peru

Source: BMC Public Health https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-018-6264-1 


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Sri Lanka: Strengthening the quality and availability of mortality statistics

This paper outlines the strategy for improving the quality and availability of mortality statistics in Sri Lanka, which is built on two main pillars: improving the quality of medical certification of cause of death for facility deaths; and implementing automated verbal autopsy to ascertain probable cause of death for community deaths.

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Author: Sri Lanka Implementation Working Group

Publication date: July 2018

Resource type: CRVS country perspectives

Related resources: CRVS country overview: Sri Lanka

Alan SL2

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Summary: Developing a mobile app for doctors to improve the recording of cause of death in Sri Lanka

Describes the development, testing, and potential impact of a mobile application for doctors to improve the recording of cause of death in Sri Lanka.

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Publication date: September 2018

Resource type: CRVS summary

Related resources: Summary: Improving the quality of mortality statistics in Sri Lanka


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Summary: Improving the quality of mortality statistics in Sri Lanka

Describes the two innovative approaches Sri Lanka is taking to improve the quality of mortality data: introducing automated verbal autopsy, and up-skilling doctors in correct medical certification practices.

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Authors: Jayasuriya R, Kumarapeli V, Mikkelsen L.

Publication date: June 2018

Resource type: CRVS summary

Related resources: Sri Lanka: Strengthening the quality and availability of mortality statistics

Source: SLMA, The Official Newsletter of the Sri Lanka Medical Association

Alan SL2
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