Cape Town, South Africa: In August 2017 25 delegates from Tanzania, Ethiopia, Ghana, Uganda, UK, US and South Africa attended a 5 day CRVS workshop in Cape Town organised by Vital Strategies and Plan International in collaboration with Jembi Health System.
During the week of 28th August 2017 to the 2nd September 2017 the delegates from a number of different countries attended a 5 day CRVS Digitisation workshop hosted by Vital Strategies, Plan International and Jembi Health System. The delegates comprised of subject matter experts in the fields of civil registration, vital statistics, IT and systems interoperability. The aim was to gain an in-depth understanding of how to use the Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Digital Guidebook (www.crvs-dgb.org) to analyse, plan and develop effective information systems for national civil registration services and the production of national vital statistics. Civil registration is the system by which a government records the vital events such as births, marriages, and deaths, and as such provides a legal identity and status for its’ citizens and residents. Without this, people may be unable to access rights and services such as health, education and social welfare.
The workshop focused on planning for CRVS digitisation with an emphasis on strong analysis and designing effective and sustainable solutions. There were interactive brain-storming sessions on innovative approaches to problem-solving, inspired by real-world case studies. The workshop also included special sessions on innovation-design thinking, open-source vs proprietary licensing, and integration and interoperability.
There was also a demonstration of OpenCRVS, a prototype open-source software application. The prototype is designed to provide simple and accessible registration processes for citizens, a data-driven performance management dashboard for management, be interoperable with health systems for increased event notifications and embeds UN standards and reporting of vital statistics information.