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Tabulation and generation of vital statistics for national policy

Conclusions and key actions

The CRVS or interagency committee should play a major role in deciding what vital statistics should be generated, for whom and in what form and when they should be released. 

The agency responsible for generating the statistics needs to ensure that it has adequate interaction with the users of its data and proactively encourages feedback. 

Policies about the publication of necessary metadata and data limitations should be in place to ensure that the generated data can be correctly interpreted and understood. 

Very importantly, there should be very strict security measures against hacking of the data and for safeguarding the confidentiality of the data.

Whenever possible, tabulating causes of death to UN and WHO standards for vital statistics should be undertaken to ensure comparability with other countries and for satisfying the global need for vital statistics. Many different agencies use these tabulations to respond to the agreed global sustainable development goals (SDGs). 

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The SDGs

CRVS and the SDGs

Health Metrics Network, World Health Organization (2008). Framework and standards for country health information systems, HMN and WHO, Geneva.

Health Metrics Network, World Health Organization (2012). Strengthening civil registration and vital statistics for births, deaths and causes of death: resource Kit, HMN and WHO, Geneva.

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