New website will help record vital life events to improve access to services for all

February 07, 2018
An infant is issued an identity card

Mia Harbitz

Estimates say that worldwide, the births of nearly 25% of children under five have never been recorded.

When countries maintain strong systems to register births, deaths, marriages, and divorces, everyone benefits.

Strengthening civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) systems in developing countries requires knowledge sharing, expert advice, practical resources, and support. The Centre of Excellence for CRVS Systems is pleased to contribute to global efforts to improve these systems with the launch of its new website.  

CRVS system information, resources, and services

The website serves as a central hub for those working in the CRVS community of practice and for those wishing to improve their systems for better health outcomes. It provides easy access to:

  • Free resource library, with curated documents, information videos, terms and definitions, and tools for civil registration, health information, and vital statistics systems.
  • Directory of experts for governments, development practitioners, and others seeking expertise in support of CRVS system strengthening efforts.
  • Technical assistance for countries working with the Global Financing Facility on the CRVS components of reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health investment cases.
  • CRVS eLearning course available through the World Bank’s Open Learning Campus.

Why strengthening CRVS systems matters

The registration of vital events, combined with issuing civil status certificates, ensures that individuals can prove their own identities. This allows them to access basic public services including health, education, and social protection. It also allows them to exercise their rights, such as the right to vote or to claim inheritance. This information also serves as a powerful tool to protect vulnerable individuals from child labour, sexual exploitation, and child marriage.

When countries can generate and analyze real-time statistics, they can properly plan for and deliver priority development programs.

The homepage of the Centre of Excellence for CRVS Systems website. The image displays a father registering the birth of his child in Ethiopia, while a female registrar records the details on an official form.
Sewunet/UNICEF Ethiopia
A new knowledge hub will link users to publications, videos, terms and definitions, and tools on civil registration, health information, and vital statistics systems.

 

About the Centre of Excellence for CRVS Systems

Housed at IDRC, the Centre of Excellence for CRVS Systems is a global knowledge and resource hub that actively supports national efforts to develop, strengthen, and scale-up civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) systems. It collaborates with organizations and experts to broker access to information and expertise, including global standards, tools, research evidence, and relevant good practice. The purpose is to make knowledge readily available for countries working to develop, strengthen, and scale-up their civil registration systems and improve their vital statistics reporting.

The Centre of Excellence was established with funding from Global Affairs Canada and IDRC and contributes directly to the work of the Global Financing Facility, a key financing platform of the UN Secretary General’s Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s, and Adolescents’ Health.