Enhancing Death Registration Systems for Emergency Response (COVID-19) using Rapid Mortality Surveillance

Enhancing Death Registration Systems for Emergency Response (COVID-19) using Rapid Mortality Surveillance

The ECA, Vital Strategies and partners; launched a new technical package to help guide governments in rapid mortality surveillance, informing decision-making based on the true impact of COVID-19 within their countries.

The focus is on death registration systems, rapid mortality surveillance system and country experiences on death registration.


Commemoration of the Second African Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) Day


Theme: “Birth Certificate for All: Fundamental for Protecting Human Rights and Promoting Inclusion.”

In Africa, more than half of the children are not registered at birth, which renders most of the region’s poor unseen, uncounted and excluded, and by extension, affects their ability to enjoy universal human rights and social protection benefits. Birth registration certificate is the first step in securing recognition of indi-viduals before the law and safeguarding their human rights and access to basic social services.


The Africa Programme on Accelerated Improvement of Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (APAI-CRVS) is a regional programme developed following the political commitment and policy directives of the ministers in charge of civil registration to reform and improve CRVS systems on the continent. At the regional level, the programme is guided by a Regional CRVS Core Group led by Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) in partnership with African Union Commission (AUC), African Development Bank (AfDB), Secretariat of African Symposium on Statistical Development, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), INDEPTH Network, Plan International and PARIS21. The Secretariat of the Programme is based in African Center for Statistics (ACS) at ECA.