We are pleased to share our new report, “Advocating for change: How advocacy contributed to strengthened civil registration and vital statistics in Myanmar”.
Since the beginning of our partnership with the Government of Myanmar in 2016, significant gains have been made in strengthening the country’s CRVS system. With more deaths counted, and more usable, representative cause of death data now available to the Central Statistical Organisation, the Ministry of Health and Sports and other interested agencies, Myanmar has begun to build a more comprehensive and reliable picture of the health of its citizens. Meaningful engagement and collaboration with grassroots workers all the way to the highest levels of government has required a sustained advocacy effort for all stakeholders and at each stage of the process.
This report discusses the role of advocacy in the planning and delivery of this CRVS-strengthening intervention, focusing on the strategies and methods used, and outcomes produced. We hope the processes and interventions detailed in this report will be of use to governments looking to implement interventions to improve their CRVS system and information for policy and planning.
The role of advocacy in CRVS systems work can’t be overlooked. Here in Myanmar, robust partnerships, meaningful collaboration and political will have been central to the success of our work.
Khin Sandar Bo, UniMelb D4H Myanmar Country Coordinator