A workshop on development of a step-by-step guide on improvement of death registration and collection of cause-of-death information was organized jointly by Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and African Development Bank (AfDB) in Lusaka in collaboration with the Government of the Republic of Zambia on 5 and 6 May 2016 in Lusaka, Zambia.
During the meeting, the outline of the Step-by-Step Guide on Improvement of Death Registration and Causes of Death was presented to the participants. Further, the presentations and discussions concentrated around the two key elements to the improvement of the collection of mortality statistics in Africa: registering the fact and cause of all deaths occurring in hospitals and registering the fact and cause of all deaths occurring in the community. These rich discussions with contributions from the representatives of countries and UN agencies provided many valuable inputs for the development of the guide.
An important tool for the discussions on efficient business processes for death registration processes was a practical exercise on business process mapping facilitated by Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute. This session provided the countries with an opportunity to familiarize themselves with business process mapping technique, look at the process in a holistic and systemic way as well as reflect on the steps of the process in their own countries.
The meeting, attended by more than 120 participants representing 21 countries, UN agencies (UNICEF, WHO, UNFPA, UNHCR) and other international organisations, resulted in the collection of number of country experiences which will feed into the guide. The comments on the structure and content of the guide which will be also be taken into consideration in the development of the document.
See the gallery of the event.