Prabhat Jha is Professor of Global Health and Epidemiology at the University of Toronto. In this video, Prof. Jha reflects on one of the main challenges that has emerged from the conference (and previous IDRC meetings): most deaths in the world, occur in developing countries and many of those are not registered.
He notes that while there has been some global progress in terms of ensuring birth registrations, the same cannot be said about death registrations. He proceeds by offering a practical solution to addressing such issue, e.g. the Advanced Course on Death Certification offered by the Centre for Global Health Research. This online course allows doctors worldwide the ability to self-certify and become able to complete a proper death certificate compliant to the World Health Organization (WHO) standards. This course is currently being rolled out in Mozambique, Ethiopia, and Sierra Leone, in partnership with IDRC and the Gates Foundation. According to Prof. Jha, this is a practical solution to a common problem.
The international conference on innovations in Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) systems was held in Ottawa on 27-28 February, 2018.