Summary of progress in countries

  • Thirteen countries and one region in Africa and Asia are receiving technical and financial support for activities designed to improve national systems of registering and counting births, deaths and causes of death. In addition, there are multi-country data analysis efforts to develop standards and tools.
  • Five countries in Africa (Burkina Faso, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya and Rwanda) are currently in the process of conducting an in-depth assessment of their civil registration and vital statistics systems in order to identify key priorities for action and develop roadmaps for improvement.
  • Seven countries (Bangladesh, Cambodia, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique and Rwanda) have established coordination committees to ensure that all relevant stakeholders, including technical experts and civil society, have a voice in addressing the weaknesses of civil registration and civil registration systems.
  • Five countries (Bangladesh, Ghana, Ethiopia, Kenya and Rwanda) are involving outreach health workers using mobile phones to facilitate the recording and transmission of births and deaths data from community level.
  • Five countries (Bangladesh, Cambodia, Ghana, Kenya and Rwanda) are using the demand for better monitoring of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 and 5 to establish systems for tracking pregnancies and pregnancy outcomes.
  • Three countries (Egypt, Kenya and Mozambique) have introduced measures to improve the training of medical professionals in the ascertainment of causes of death according to international standards.
  • Three projects (being undertaken by INDEPTH Network, ALPHA and National Institute of Medical Research, Mwanza Center, United Republic of Tanzania) are undertaking detailed analysis of existing mortality surveillance data to throw light on trends in cause-of-death patterns in low-income settings such as the relationship between maternal and HIV-related mortality.