Asia and the Pacific must Increase their Efforts to Register Death to detect Emerging Health Crises like COVID-19

According to a report released today by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, the Asia-Pacific region must accelerate progress toward registering deaths and causes of death in order to achieve universal civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) systems by 2024. (ESCAP).

While many countries have made significant progress in lowering the number of children born without a birth certificate, far too few deaths in the region are recorded with a medically documented cause of death.

Since 2012, the number of unregistered children under the age of five has decreased by half across Asia and the Pacific, resulting in improved health, education, and financial services. Death registration, on the other hand, is falling behind, with just a third of all deaths in the region receiving a death certificate and a medically documented cause of death. A lack of training for doctors and coroners is one of the main reasons behind this.

The paper emphasizes the critical necessity for timely mortality information broken down by cause of death in order to design and monitor public health policies as well as to detect impending health problems like the COVID-19 pandemic. Countries can assist prevent this tendency by training doctors and raising awareness about the necessity of correct death certification.

In keeping with pledges made during the first Ministerial Conference on CRVS in Asia and the Pacific in 2014, the report analyses country progress toward building universal CRVS systems.

By 2024, all people in Asia and the Pacific will benefit from universal and responsive CRVS systems that promote the enjoyment of their rights and support good governance, health, and development, according to the Ministerial Declaration to “Get everyone in the picture.”

From November 16 to 19, 2021, the Second Ministerial Conference on CRVS in Asia and the Pacific will take place.

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