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CRVS strengthening in Papua New Guinea

Civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) in Papua New Guinea (PNG) is characterised by multiple and overlapping systems of vital events reporting.

Since 2014, there have been substantial investments in strengthening Papua New Guinea’s civil registration and vital statistics system. However challenges still remain, especially around the integration of mortality surveillance systems.

Interview videos with CRVS stakeholders include:

  • John Hart, Technical Advisor, University of Melbourne; Dr Viola Kwa, Country Coordinator,(Understanding patterns of mortality in Papua New Guinea)
  •  Ila Rouka, Technical Advisor, National Health Information Systems; Charlotte Polly, Statistician for Hospitals, National Department of Health (Better data = Better health for Papua New Guineans)

Spotlight on verbal autopsy

Pioneer of the verbal autopsy method for determining the underlying cause of death in people who die outside of health settings, Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne and Technical Advisor for the Bloomberg Philanthropies Data for Health Initiative, Dr Ian Riley, describes how the method has evolved from his work in the 1970s examining the efficacy of the pneumococcal vaccine in Papua New Guinea into large-scale implementation to improve civil registration and vital statistics in Bangladesh, China, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.

Read more:

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Better data = Better health for Papua New Guineans
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Elevating the role of verbal autopsy into CRVS systems
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Understanding patterns of mortality in Papua New Guinea

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