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How the Solomon Islands are transforming their cause of death data


The Challenge

Despite recent improvements in the CRVS system of the Solomon Islands, further progress is urgently needed. A systematic assessment of the CRVS system was performed in 2013. It revealed the system performs poorly compared to other countries in the Asia-Pacific region. Presently, only a small proportion of births and deaths are registered: 28% and 2% respectively. Mortality and cause of death (COD) data are limited and come largely from census estimates or international modelling. Owing to the lack of reliable data, it is very difficult for public health policy makers to develop strategies that address the health needs of their population.

Our Approach

As part of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Data for Health Initiative and in close collaboration with the country, six interventions have been developed to advance system performance by focusing on unmet priority objectives from the National CRVS Improvement Plan (2016-2020). These interventions will help to advance a system that operates according to international best practice, particularly for mortality and COD.

As part of the overall D4H strategy to complement country-led CRVS improvement measures, the Initiative will partially fill the funding gap identified in the National CRVS Improvement Plan and provide essential technical assistance.

Read more information about the Solomon Islands' interventions

Interviews with Solomon Islands CRVS experts include:

  • Dilip Hensman, Technical Officer Solomon Islands, World Health Organization (Barriers to death notification in the Solomon Islands, Outcomes of improving death data in Solomon Islands)
     
  • Matt Reeve, Technical Advisor, University of Melbourne; Seraphina Elisha, Principal Medical Statistician; Rodley Ruskin, CRVS Country Coordinator (Transforming cause of death data in the Solomon Islands)
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