Marshall Islands Workshop to Strengthen CRVS


To ensure minimal disruption to clinical services RMI’s doctors asked to spend their weekend in a workshop to develop a high level improvement plan with clear actions to further improve medical certification of cause of death (MCCD) both short- and long-term basis. Edlen Anzures, MOHHS Acting Deputy Director for Office of Health Planning recognized this is ideal post covid with ninety five percent (95%) of participants attending a MCCD workshop for the first time and it aligns well other MOHHS institutional developments which builds capacity of physicians and nurse practitioners. 

Countries need accurate, reliable mortality data to monitor population health and guide public health decision-making. As well as to complete Voluntary National Reviews of the SDG targets and Healthy Islands Monitoring Framework (HIMF) indicators. 

The second part of this workshop series addresses gaps in the wider ecosystems of health and statistics through civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) targeting hospital administrators Ministry of Health staff and representatives from Planning and Statistics Office, Civil Registry Office, Education Department and development partners. 

We acknowledge the support of MFAT New Zealand and Vital Strategies in funding this initiative and recognising its alignment with regional priority to strengthen Cause of death certification and coding for analysis, reporting and evidenced based policy direction under the Action Plan for Pacific CRVS.