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What is CRVS and why does every country need it?

What is CRVS? | Civil registration and vital statistics

In this section, you will find definitions of the concepts of civil registration and vital statistics and an explanation of why and how they are inter-related as part of the civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) system. We lay out the key vital events that are included in the CRVS system – births, deaths, marriages, divorces, adoptions and legitimations – and go on to explain why the official registration of such events is important for individuals, families and populations. We describe the legal, administrative and statistical advantages of a CRVS system from the perspective of the state, government, business and social–economic sectors. 

The section covers the following topics: 

  • Definition and purpose of civil registration 
  • Definition and uses of vital statistics
  • Why CRVS systems matter for individuals, society and development 
  • The strengths of vital statistics derived from CRVS systems

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