Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Civil Registration (CR) is the compulsory, continuous, universal and permanent recording of vital events such as births and deaths. From these records, vital statistics (VS) on births, deaths, causes of death, fertility and mortality (and where migration data is also available – population estimates) can be produced for policy and planning. Where civil registration has a high level of both coverage and completeness, it is generally accepted to be the preferred source of vital statistics due to the ongoing and timely collection of data, and the ability to include cause of death information.

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