The Ten CRVS milestones framework
Poor linkage between notification and registration for events occurring in the community
Completing the connection between notification of a birth or a death at the community level, and its subsequent registration/certification currently relies heavily on the family in a large number of cities. The official registration process is usually triggered only if and when the family goes to the civil registration office with a notification form and/or witnesses. This is a lost opportunity and, often, formal notifications from passive systems can significantly outnumber officially registered events.
This is especially relevant for deaths occurring in the community. One of the major incentives for the family to register the death of a relative is to get a burial permit. They usually contact the local authority to get approval to bury the deceased. Often, the family must provide some information about the deceased and the informant that are commonly documented in some kind of registry or record kept in the local office. Declaring a vital event to the system and registering the event are often not linked, and represents a major lost opportunity for the CRVS system.
From death notification to registration (Bangladesh)
Mohamad Ashfaque Mukut, Deputy Secretary Cabinet Division (Bangladesh) and Deputy Project Director of the CRVS Technical Project, shares his fellowship work at the University of Melbourne that looks at a recent pilot in Kaliganj, Bangladesh that encourages health staff to notify community deaths.