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From 11 to 13 February 2016, a workshop on sharing of country experience in assessment and planning for the improvement of CRVS systems took place at Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Eight countries (Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia) shared their experience from undertaking the assessment and developing a strategic plan and lessons learnt in the process. In addition to the representatives of the countries, the participants of the workshop included members of the Regional CRVS Core Group (ECA, AUC, AfDB, ASSD Secretariat, UNICEF, UNFPA, UNHCR, WHO, INDEPTH Network, Plan International and PARIS21), senior advisers who had assisted countries in the assessments and representatives of other institutions (CDC, Data2X, World Bank). The attendees discussed also other key issues in the improvement of CRVS systems in Africa: digitization, coordination of the key stakeholders, improving death registration and collection of cause-of-death information, compilation of vital statistics, monitoring of CRVS systems and reaching out to the marginalized.
This knowledge exchange will contribute to the improvement of the APAI-CRVS assessment and planning tools and guidelines, guide the countries which are yet to conduct the assessment as well as help identify the next steps for improving the regional and national CRVS programmes.