Pathways to obtaining high-quality information in Africa on cause of death
Author(s)/Corporate Author (s)United Nations. Economic Commission for Africa;
African Union Commission;
African Development Bank;
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This report presents the various pathways and their technical considerations for the collection and coding of cause of death data that are of high quality, even as countries concurrently work to improve completeness of death registration. The report responds to a recommendation made in the Nouakchott Declaration from the fourth Conference of African Ministers Responsible for Civil Registration: “…to improve mortality statistics and the recording of causes of death and the linkages between the health sector and civil registration and vital statistics systems in Africa, and requests the Ministries of Health to collaborate closely with ministries responsible for civil registration and vital statistics systems, with a view to promoting the reliability of health statistics”. Additionally, this report expands on the strategic enablers presented in the WHO Mortality Strategy in Africa 2015-2020, developed in response to a recommendation of the third Conference of Africa Ministers Responsible for Civil Registration.