The Papua New Guinea Civil Registration and Vital Statistics System Assessment 2019 was commissioned by the PNG National Civil registration and vital statistics Systems (CRVS) Committee and funded by the Pacific Community. It was largely completed in July 2019, with a desk review of all available information and reports, followed by interviews with key system participants and finally a workshop held on 22 July 2019 in Port Moresby. As well as PNG government officials, representatives attended the workshop from Bloomberg Data for Health (Melbourne University and Global Health Advocacy Incubator), UNICEF and DFAT. A modified WHO/ UQ Comprehensive Assessment methodology was used and the full results are appended to this report.
The assessment documents key features of the current system but does not assess the impact of recent initiatives. During the interviews and the workshop, several areas were identified for possible future interventions. These will be further developed in a workshop planned for 24 September 2019 which aims to endorse high-level ‘as-desired’ processes for birth and death registration and to develop a national action plan for the next 12–18 months.