While Ghana’s civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) system performance improved markedly around 2004, improvement has since stalled. High-level commitments have been made to improving vital statistics, including an ambitious five-year strategic plan. Vital event registration in Ghana is low, with birth registration at 57% and death registration at 19% as of 2014. Representativeness and quality of cause of death (COD) data are also challenges for the CRVS system, and several data quality issues have been identified.
In collaboration with the Bloomberg Philanthropies Data for Health Initiative, the country has identified five interventions to improve system performance that can be grouped into the following three thematic areas: 1) system design and business processes; 2) facility-based mortality data; and 3) community-based mortality data.
Interview videos with CRVS stakeholders include:
Sowada Abordo and Emmanuel Nortey Botchway, Assistant Registrar Ghana Births and Deaths Registry (Inside Ghana's Birth and Death Registry archives)
John Yao Agbeko, Registrar, Ghana Births and Deaths Registry; Reverend Kingsley Asare Addo, Principal Assistant Registrar, Ghana Births and Deaths Registry (Ghana Birth and Death Registry's commitment to improvement)
Anthony Amuzu, Deputy Government Statistician (Operations), Ghana Statistical Service; Stephen K. Amoah, Head Statistical Coordination and Capacity-Building, Ghana Statistical Service (Ghana Statistical Service: Improving systems, registration and sustainability)
Patrick Larbi-Debrah, Health Information Officer, Ghana Health Service, University of Melbourne Fellow (Increasing verbal autopsy (VA) supervision from afar: Fellowship profile)
Emmanuel Nortey Botchway, Assistant Registrar Ghana Births and Deaths Registry; Benjamin Clapham, Project Officer Ghana Data for Health Initiative (Birth registration digitisation in Ghana)
Emmanuel Nortey Botchway, Assistant Registrar Ghana Births and Deaths Registry; Joyce Djama Ampini-Tetteh, Chief Registration Officer 37 Military Hospital Registry (Process of death registration in Ghana's 37 Military Hospital)
Don de Savigny, University of Melbourne and Swiss Tropical Health Institute of Public Health (How Ghana revolutionised their CRVS system using process mapping)
Francis Yeji, Research Officer, Ghana Health Service, University of Melbourne Fellow (Barriers to death notification)