We are excited to announce the commencement of our remote Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) Fellowship. The Program provides eligible applicants the opportunity to work on a CRVS project and receive intensive, one-on-one mentoring by University of Melbourne Data for Health (UoM D4H) technical experts, to learn more broadly about CRVS systems and to establish networks within the international CRVS community.
Our commencing Fellows will work on projects relating to their home countries of Myanmar, Peru, the Philippines and Malaysia. Following the completion of the Fellowship, Fellows are expected to apply their learnings to support CRVS activities in their country.
We warmly welcome our commencing Fellows and we look forward to supporting them in their important work. Read more about the Fellows and their work below.
Eaint works as a Health Information Officer within the Health Information Division of Myanmar’s Department of Public Health. Her role involves managing public health and hospital information at the national level, training other staff, and ensuring the quality and completeness of hospital cause of death data.
Eaint attended a UoM D4H training on CRVS data quality and the ANACONDA (Analysis of Causes of National Deaths for Action) tool in 2019, where she became interested in exploring the estimation of death registration completeness, Medical Certification of Cause of Death (MCCOD), and the development of national and subnational mortality indicators from CRVS data.
For her Fellowship project, Eaint will conduct a quality review of MCCOD data for COVID-19 deaths in Myanmar using the MCCOD assessment guidelines produced by UoM D4H. She will also explore the major co-morbidities of COVID-19 deaths.
For Eaint, one appealing aspect of the Fellowship is the one-on-one training and support by technical experts on a project which will have direct application to Myanmar’s CRVS system.
I think this Fellowship really is a good opportunity for me to contribute to the strengthening of the CRVS system of my country.
Eaint ThinZar Bo, UoM D4H CRVS Fellow
Javier works within the Telehealth Unit of the Faculty of Medicine at the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos (UNMSM) in Lima, Peru. He is trained as a medical doctor with a master's degree in Biomedical Informatics. His unit carries out research, innovation and development projects relating to the use of health information technologies.
Over 2018 and 2019, Javier’s unit collaborated with key CRVS stakeholders to implement several projects including the Verbal Autopsy Application Project and MCCOD in rural areas. It was through these projects that Javier was exposed to the work of Bloomberg Philanthropies Data for Health, and subsequently became interested in the UoM D4H CRVS Fellowship.
Peru has multiple health information systems that work independently, contributing to a large gap between estimated deaths and recorded deaths. During his Fellowship, Javier plans to develop his skills in Enterprise Architecture Methods to better understand some of these gaps, including points where information is lost and barriers to achieving greater coverage.
Peru is a country that has a lot to offer, but also a lot to improve, especially in the estimation of the data that we use to make decisions. I believe the opportunity to do this Fellowship project could help Peru a lot in terms of strengthening registration and vital statistics systems.
Javier believes that cooperation between government, academia and expert entities is necessary to achieve improvements in coverage and quality of mortality data.
Javier Silva Valencia, UoM D4H CRVS Fellow
Fuad currently works with the Biostatistics and Repository Data Sector of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which sit within the Malaysian Ministry of Health. He currently works as a Research Officer and his area of expertise is epidemiology. Fuad is the Principal Investigator for Malaysia Burden of Diseases (BoD) 2015-2017 as well as Malaysia Health Adjusted Life Years (HALE) estimations.
Through his work, Fuad has developed a research interest in CRVS systems strengthening. He has a particular interest in verbal autopsy methods. He is currently involved in the development of verbal autopsy in Malaysia, from staff training to data analysis.
As Malaysia’s CRVS system is still developing, Fuad believes skills development is critical to the achievement of objectives. He hopes the Fellowship will provide him with the opportunity to learn more deeply about Civil Registration and Vital Statistics and develop his expertise. In addition to verbal autopsy, he is particularly interested in MCCOD and ICD coding.
Mohamad Fuad Bin Mohamad Anuar, UoM D4H CRVS Fellow
I think that the Fellowship could help me to develop more efficient methods for improving the Malaysian CRVS system. I hope my participation will allow me to understand gaps in our system, make adjustments and solve future problems that occur as we progress.
Braylien is a trained medical doctor, who works as a Medical Specialist within the Health Facility Development Bureau of the Philippines’ Department of Health. As a Medical Specialist she is involved in policymaking and standards development to support and enhance operations of hospitals throughout the whole country.
Recently, Braylien’s department worked with UoM D4H on MCCOD assessments to improve the quality of hospital mortality data. Through this work, she became interested in participating in the Fellowship as a way of supporting her department to further develop MCCOD in hospitals.
Specifically, Braylien would like to use her Fellowship to better understand the monitoring tools and activities that can support a national rollout of MCCOD. Additionally, she also hopes to learn processes and tools for analysing the quality of mortality data.
Having quality mortality data from the hospitals would have a major impact on the quality of the country’s CRVS data. Therefore, I hope my participation in the CRVS Fellowship has a wider impact on the quality of statistics in the country, and by extension, our ability to measure health outcomes.