Civil registration and vital statistics


A baby being held next to a computer. The baby's image is reflected on the screen of the computer.

The only way we can be prepared to understand how rapidly and what parts of the population are being affected by diseases and their risk factors, in a sustainable way, is through fully functioning civil registration and vital statistics systems with correct medical certification of every cause of death.
Dr Ala Alwan, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean

In most countries, a civil registration system is used to record statistics on “vital events”, such as births, deaths, marriages, divorces and fetal deaths. This government administrative system creates a permanent record of each event.

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Eastern Mediterranean Region CRVS assessment

Civil registration systems are used to record vital events, including births, deaths, and marriages. They have the potential to serve as the main source of national vital statistics. However, in many developing countries, civil registration and vital statistics systems are weak or nonexistent; as a result, key demographic, fertility and mortality statistics are not available on a continuous basis and do not cover large segments of the population.

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Publications

Regional strategy for the improvement of civil registration and vital statistics systems 2014-2019

Regional committee document
Regional strategy for the improvement of civil registration and vital statistics systems
English - Arabic - French 

Regional committee resolution
Regional strategy for the improvement of civil registration and vital statistics systems 2014–2019
English - Arabic - French 

WHO application of ICD-10 for initial low resources cause of death collection: the simple mortality list (ICD-10 SMoL)