Supporting CRVS system resilience (https://crvssystems.ca/supporting-crvs-system-resilience)
Protecting populations in emergency settings
The world has seen a significant increase in emergencies recently, both human and natural. The number of forcibly displaced people rose sharply in the last decade to 80 million. Most recently, the COVID-19 pandemic has infected more than 90 million people and caused more than 2 million deaths.
It’s common for civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) systems to become dysfunctional or even collapse entirely under stress, including in emergency situations. Births, deaths, and other vital events go unregistered when this happens. Important information and documentation can also be lost or destroyed.
As a result, individuals are denied the benefits of a legal identity at the time of their greatest need. These benefits include freedom of movement, social protection, and basic services such as health care and education. What’s more, a lack of accurate and up-to-date data makes it harder for governments and organizations to respond to emergency situations effectively.
Despite these significant consequences, CRVS systems are usually under-resourced and under-prioritized in emergency situations. We’re working with partners to change this. By generating evidence and disseminating good practice, we’re supporting the development of CRVS systems that withstand and respond to crises.
We’ve established a COVID-19 Technical Working Group to collect and analyze the impact of the pandemic on CRVS systems. We will launch the results of this work on this page in 2021.
Resources on CRVS in emergencies
Learn more about how CRVS systems function in crisis situations and how we can improve their resilience. Browse our papers, articles, videos, and other materials below.
- Harnessing CRVS Systems in conflict, emergencies and fragile settings (https://crvssystems.ca/fragility) - Peruse 12 papers in this compendium that highlight successful experiences in building effective CRVS systems in conflict, emergency, and fragile contexts to ensure those most in need are counted and can access services. The collection of papers begins with papers which provide an overview of CRVS in conflict and emergency settings and also includes case studies from a wide range of countries: Brazil, Ecuador, New Zealand, South Korea, Syria and Iraq, and Vanuatu.
- Synthesis brief – The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Africa (https://crvssystems.ca/sites/default/files/assets/images/CRVS_Webinar_Synthesis_e_WEB.pdf)– Find out how civil registration and vital statistics systems supported an emergency response to COVID-19 in Africa
- Synthesis Brief: Recording every birth and death during COVID-19: Digital solutions for civil registration service delivery and health surveillance in Africa (https://crvssystems.ca/sites/default/files/assets/images/CRVS_COVID19_Synthesis2_e_WEB.pdf)
- Technical briefs – Maintaining civil registration resilience amid the COVID-19 crisis: Read our case studies to find out how CRVS systems in African countries responded to the COVID-19 crisis
- Burkina Faso's civil registration system (https://crvssystems.ca/sites/default/files/assets/images/CRVS_Webinar_BurtkinaFaso_e_WEB.pdf)
- Mozambique’s vital events notification system (https://crvssystems.ca/sites/default/files/assets/images/CRVS_Webinar_Mozambique_e_WEB.pdf)
- Namibia's use of its National Population Registration System (https://crvssystems.ca/sites/default/files/assets/images/CRVS_Webinar_Namibia_e_WEB.pdf)
- Rwanda's use of technology (https://crvssystems.ca/sites/default/files/assets/images/CRVS_TechBrief_Rwanda_e_WEB.pdf)
- Tanzania’s one-step birth and death registration processes (https://crvssystems.ca/sites/default/files/assets/images/CRVS_Webinar_Tanzania_e_WEB.pdf)
- Uganda’s mobile notification system (https://crvssystems.ca/sites/default/files/assets/images/CRVS_Webinar_Uganda_e_WEB.pdf)
- CRVS systems in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic: A literature review (https://crvssystems.ca/sites/default/files/assets/images/CRVS%2520Systems%2520in%2520the%2520Face%2520of%2520the%2520COVID-19%2520Pandemic%2520A%2520literature%2520review_3%2520working%2520paper%2520series.pdf)
- CRVS Communication in Emergency, Conflict Affected, and Fragile Settings (https://crvssystems.ca/sites/default/files/assets/images/Issue5_Communications_e_WEB.pdf)
- Visualizing the invisible: Registering deaths and tracking mortality in the era of COVID-19 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLcCNewvsS4&feature=youtu.be) ‒ Learn from country experiences in counting deaths and tracking mortality during a health emergency such as COVID-19
- How links between civil registration and social protection systems can help respond to COVID-19 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afVA3e6PBcc&list=PLhhb-JA5bQ7OkpibBeCYb8-s21rW3iE_D&index=2)
Articles and blog posts
- Counting on each other: How can we fight the spread of COVID-19 when half of deaths worldwide go unrecorded? (https://www.oecd-forum.org/posts/counting-on-each-other-how-can-we-fight-the-spread-of-covid-19-when-half-of-deaths-worldwide-go-unrecorded)
- Refugees are more vulnerable without civil registration and ID. How can we help? (https://crvssystems.ca/blog/refugees-are-more-vulnerable-without-civil-registration-and-id-how-can-we-help)