What is CRVS and why does every country need it?
Vital statistics from CRVS systems are complete because by law civil registration covers the whole population. Special efforts are made to ensure that all groups are covered, even those living in remote areas. This is very important for identifying inequities between different geographical areas and population groups. For example, data from the USA vital statistics system during the 1990s showed that mortality rates due to heart disease among white males are more than twice as high in the south-eastern states as in the north-western states (see diagram below).
Summary: The importance of routinely measuring birth and death registration completeness
Highlights the importance of measuring registration completeness and the impact it has on fertility and mortality statistics.
Publication date: April 2018
Resource type: CRVS best-practice and advocacy
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