Myanmar has made great progress in strengthening civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS). In order to maximise the impact of CRVS on improved population health and the prevention of premature death and disability, the government requires accurate, reliable, timely, and complete information on birth and death registration, including data on cause of death (COD).
Currently, the government estimates that death registration is 50% complete and that approximately 75% of registered deaths have usable COD information. Given this, Myanmar aims to increase the registration of deaths; improve the quality of cause of death data; and enhance general understanding of the importance of civil registration. Overall, these activities will help produce high-quality information to inform policy and planning.
Interview videos with CRVS stakeholders include:
- Dr Than Than Aye, Daw Zin Mar Oo, Ma Ei Ei Thae (Kalaw MCH); Daw Khin Aye Hlaing, Daw Su Mon Oo (Nan Taing RHC); Dr Han Thi Tin Oo (Southern Shan State Public Health Department)(From research to the field: Implementing verbal autopsy in Myanmar (community perspective)
- Khin Sandar Bo, Country Coordinator, Data for Health Initiative (Myanmar’s story of change)
- Dr Thuzar Chit Tin, Deputy Director General, Shan State Health Department (Verbal autopsy: Myanmar's perspective)
- Sonja Firth, Technical Manager of verbal autopsy in Myanmar for the Bloomberg Philanthropies Data for Health Initiative at the University of Melbourne (Verbal autopsy methods in Myanmar)
- Dr Myint Htwe, Union Minister, Ministry of Health and Sports (Myanmar's CRVS political commitments)
- Dr Wah Wah Maung, Director, General, Central Statistics Organization (Myanmar's five year CRVS strengthening strategy, A short history of CRVS in Myanmar)
- Tint Pa Pa Phyo, Central Statistics Organization, University of Melbourne Data for Health Fellow (Measuring completeness of death registration in Myanmar)
All videos are in English or Burmese with English subtitles. Filmed in July 2018 in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.
For more information on the work of the Data for Health Initiative in Myanmar, view the country flyer.
A short history of CRVS in Myanmar
Bringing verbal autopsy methods to Myanmar
From research to the field: Implementing verbal autopsy in Myanmar
Measuring completeness of death registration in Myanmar
Myanmar's CRVS political commitments
Myanmar's five year CRVS strengthening strategy
Myanmar's story of change
Verbal autopsy: Myanmar's perspective