Lessons learned from local initiatives supporting sustainable civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) systems in Africa
Side meeting at the 7th African Population Conference
Johannesburg, South Africa, 28 November 2015
Protea Hotel Parktonian All-Suite - 120 De Korte St, Johannesburg, 2001 

Organized by the Scientific Panel on Innovations for Strengthening Civil Registration and Vital Statistical Systems
of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP) 

With financial support from the United Nations Fund for Population (UNFPA). 




Session 1: Current status of CRVS systems in Sub-Saharan Africa

Chair : P. Gerland (UN Population Division)

Session 2: Untapped sources of vital statistics data at the local level

Chair : Bruno Masquelier, Louvain University


Session 3: Assessment studies in various countries   

Chair : Romesh Silva, UN-ESCWA



Discussant comments (Romesh Silva, UN-ESCWA)

Session 4: Evaluation of CRVS coverage

Chair : Gloria Mathenge, Statistics South Africa/UNECA

Session 5: Innovations in monitoring and recording vital events

Chair : P. Gerland, UN Population Division


Session 6: Improving mortality and cause-of-death statistics through CRVS

Chair : Neo Lepang, Ministry of Labour and Home Affairs, Botswana


  • Updating an evaluation of the quality of national mortality statistics from civil registration in South Africa: 1997-2012
    Jane Joubert (South African Medical Research Council), Rob Dorrington (University of Cape Town), Debbie Bradshaw (South African Medical Research Council), Alan Lopez (University of Melbourne), Chalapati Rao (Australian National University), Cho Kabudula (MRC/Wits Rural Public Health and Health Transitions Research Unit (Agincourt), Pam Groenewald (South African Medical Research Council), Ria Laubscher (South African Medical Research Council), Theo Vos (Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation)