John Grove is the Director of the Department of information Evidence and Research in the Health Metrics and Measurement Cluster at WHO. In his opinion, the CRVS Innovations conference has been very interesting. One of the things that speakers and participants were asked to discuss was the role of the health sector within the realm of CRVS.
Thinking about CRVS systems of the future, Mr Grove envisions a time when all of the systems available within the health sector- for monitoring, evaluation, and reporting – will be harmonized to produce better registration and cause-of-death information specifically. This is a a piece of the system that is really critical but there is also a need to get other components of the system working together around it, such as the legal frameworks, regulatory issues, and land related issues. He concludes that health systems play a specific role in trying to increase the number of deaths that are reported. Right now about half the deaths in the world are not properly recorded. But there is also a need to use it to drive other innovations in the system. So while health is a big player it’s not the only player but we need to work together to make more use of it.
The international conference on innovations in Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) systems was held in Ottawa on 27-28 February, 2018.