Scoping mission on improvement of civil registration system based vital statistics
There is increasing recognition that vital statistics and dynamic population data obtained from civil registration records are imperative for the effective planning and service delivery in the various sectors ranging from health, education, and social protection at the lowest level of geography. A civil registration system when complete and timely, can be the most reliable data source to track progress on the achievements for a large number of targets of the Sustainable Development Goals. In addition, countries in the region have committed to improve Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) Systems as part of the Asia-Pacific CRVS Decade (2015-2024).
Acknowledging the benefits of using civil registration records as a data source for producing high-quality vital statistics, Bhutan developed an initial vital statistics report, co-produced by the Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs, the Ministry of Health and the National Statistics Bureau. The report contained a number of statistics on live births and deaths, thus demonstrating the usefulness of CRVS as a source of data. The report also raised a number of operational and management issues that need to be resolved before regularly producing civil registration based vital statistics. Under the umbrella of the United Nations Sustainable Development Partnership Framework (UNSDPF) for Bhutan, ESCAP will conduct a mission to support Bhutan’s effort to institutionalise the production of civil registration system based vital statistics. The mission will include a diagnosis of the vital statistics production and the development of a roadmap for the production of vital statistics based on civil registration.