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Improving Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems in Africa

Jan 4 '16 | By La Afrique Media | Views: 134 | Comments: 0

Civil registration is the continuous, permanent, compulsory and universal recording of the occurrence and characteristics of vital events pertaining to the population as provided through decree or regulation in accordance with the legal requirement of a country. The recording of these events constitutes evidence on their occurrence and characteristics of the persons concerned. The vital records are the preferred source of vital statistics and the only source that can provide data at disaggregated levels on several indicators on a continuous and permanent basis.

Despite wide recognition of the importance of civil registration systems, many Africans do not have adequate legal or statistical recording sys¬tems for vital events even for the basic ones that are births and deaths. The Africa Programme for Accelerated Improvement of Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (APAI-CRVS) is a regional programme developed under the leadership of ECA to provide holistic and coordinated management and programmatic guidance to African member States in the accelerated improvement of their CRVS Systems.
The priority areas of work will be a) Implementation of APAI-CRVS; b) Supporting countries in undertaking comprehensive assessment and development of strategic plan for improvement of CRVS; c) capacity building through development of manuals and training; d) compile data on vital statistics; and e) conduct research and pilot studies particularly in the area of causes of death.

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