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Synthesis Brief: The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Africa: How civil registration and vital statistics systems supported an emergency response

A synthesis brief on how CRVS systems supported an emergency response to COVID-19 in Africa. This synthesis brief is one of a series of briefs summarizing the key findings of nine technical papers about CRVS systems and COVID-19 in Africa. The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, the APAI-CRVS Secretariat, and the Centre of Excellence for CRVS Systems have partnered to support the development of this technical brief series on innovative, good practices facilitating the continuous and universal registration of vital events in Africa. This includes the generation of data for health surveillance during a health crisis, which has consequently mitigated the impact of COVID-19 on the performance of the civil registration systems. The overarching purpose of this technical paper series is to provide inspiration and policy guidance for CRVS programming in the African region in the midst of a global health crisis, such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

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