Global Health & Medicine 2021;3(4):243-245.

Gaps in the civil registration and vital statistics systems of low- and middle-income countries and the health sector's role in improving the situation

Yokobori Y, Obara H, Sugiura Y, Kitamura T


Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) is an essential administrative system that provides legal identification to all individuals and accurate statistical data of vital events, such as birth and death rates within the population. Globally, CRVS has been considered a priority issue, especially for low- and middle-income countries where the coverage of this system is poor. This may be attributed to factors such as inefficiency of laws, poor interministerial cooperation, and a lack of awareness among people. To address these issues and improve coverage of the CRVS, the health sector could play a key role by acting as an entry point, collecting accurate vital data, and utilizing information from CRVS. However, the function of the health sector in implementing CRVS has not been fully analyzed in most countries. Further investigation is necessary to develop effective measures to strengthen CRVS.

KEYWORDS: Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS), birth registration, death registration, low- and middleincome countries, health sector

DOI: 10.35772/ghm.2020.01103

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