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Impact of Covid19 on CRVS Systems in Africa- Technical Briefs


The APAI-CRVS Secretariat (UNECA) and the Centre of Excellence for CRVS Systems have agreed to develop technical briefs on innovative or good practices approaches that have facilitated the continuous and universal registration of vital events in Africa and consequently mitigated the impact of COVID-19 on the performance of the civil registration systems, including the generation of data for health surveillance during a health crisis. These briefs are partly based on a rapid- survey conducted by UNECA amongst African Civil Registration Authorities on the impact and responses to the Covid-19 conducted in April 2020, data/information availed by the Civil Registration Authorities, and published material on CRVS and ID systems in Africa.


The overarching purpose of the briefs is to provide inspiration and policy guidance for CRVS Programming in the Africa region in the midst of a global health crisis, such as the covid-19 pandemic.


The themes of the briefs are:

  • Brief 1:An analysis of African Governments responses to Convid-19 and the impact on the performance of the Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems (En) (Fr)
  • Brief 2:Documenting the role of Civil Registration Systems in delivery of emergency cash grants: A good practice example from Namibia (En) (Fr)
  • Brief 3: Documenting the role of notification systems in capturing vital data about births and deaths for health surveillance in the midst of a health crisis (En) (Fr)
  • Brief 4: Documenting good practice of national and ministerial continuity plans including Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems (Not yet published) 
  • Brief 5: Documenting Good practices in terms of collecting data of death registration including Causes of deaths for convid-19 surveillance (Not yet published)
  • Mitigating the Impacts of COVID-19 on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) Systems in Africa (Country Presentations made during Webinar on 10 December 2020): (Ghana) (Tanzania) (Namibia)


Maintaining Civil Registration and Vital Statistics during the COVID-19 pandemic (En) (Fr)

Registrar General -Meeting on the Impact of COVID19 on CRVS Systems in Africa-English (En) (Fr)

COVID-19 Impact on civil registration (En)

Special Series on Statistical Issues in Response to COVID-19 (En)

Ghana statistical services COVID-19 response (En) (Fr)