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What is CRVS and why does every country need it?
Introduction

Why do CRVS systems underperform?
Global CRVS systems

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What can be done to rapidly improve CRVS systems?

What can be done to rapidly improve CRVS systems?

In the previous module we identified common issues and challenges that impede the effective and responsive functioning of civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) systems. These can be broadly divided into groups covering demand, supply and policy and institutional challenges. When CRVS systems are not effective, births and deaths are not registered and the vital statistics generated cannot be used to accurately inform policy. 

In this module, we introduce strategies and tools that can help improve the effective functioning of systems. Strategies need to be tailored to address both the civil registration and the vital statistics perspectives and to be implemented in ways that enable the different stakeholders in the CRVS system to function in mutually reinforcing ways.

Demand-side interventions, such as advocacy campaigns for registration or for statistics to underpin decision-making and support accountability are often identified as the first priority for CRVS strengthening. However, there is little point in stimulating demand for registration or for statistics if supply side issues are not addressed. 

In turn, improving supply will not happen without high-level political commitment and coordinated actions to improve the policy, legal, institutional and operational context for both registration and for statistics (see diagram below). In this module, therefore, we start by examining these system-wide issues, and subsequently offer examples of approaches to improve supply of services and demand for CRVS.

Sequencing actions to strengthen civil registration and vital statistics
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Launch of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Data for Health Initiative in Colombia

Laureate Professor Alan Lopez AC, CRVS Technical Director of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Data for Health Initiative from the University of Melbourne describes interventions that Colombia will use to improve their cause of death data.

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The Bloomberg Philanthropies Data for Health Initiative in Sri Lanka

Video with Technical Director of the Data for Health Initiative at the University of Melbourne, Professor Alan Lopez on Sri Lanka's work to improve civil registration and vital statistics.

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