WHO in South-East Asia

Civil Registration and Vital Statistics

South-East Asia Region with only 11 countries, is home to almost 2 billion people: more than a quarter of the world’s population. Understanding the overall burden of disease on the population, what people are dying from can better inform health policy and plans to achieve universal health coverage. While civil registration is implemented in some form in all countries in the Region, there are systematic weaknesses that result in non-registration of events, incomplete or inaccurate official documentation of reported events, inadequate ascertainment of cause of death, and inefficient data management processes, resulting in poor quality of vital statistics from registration records.

Member States in the region have committed to developing fully functioning civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) systems recording all births and deaths, including medically certified and coded cause of death information using the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) for mortality. The SEAR Regional Strategy for Strengthening the Role of the Health Sector for Improving CRVS (2015-2024) aligns with the goals of the CRVS Regional Action Framework emphasizing the practical steps for improving the production of accurate, complete and timely vital statistics.

WHO has supported all 11 countries in the Region to complete CRVS assessments six countries have developed implementation plans. Stronger CRVS systems will lead to better health and faster progress towards universal health coverage.

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