Civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) systems are concerned with the legal registration and analysis of vital events in the population. Civil registration is defined as the continuous, permanent, compulsory and universal recording of the occurrence and characteristics of vital events (live birth, death, marriage, divorce, migration etc.) and other civil status events pertaining to the population in accordance with the law. Records of vital events from civil registration are the critical source of vital statistics.
Pakistan has been identified as one of the six priority countries for CRVS strengthening by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) and committed to endorse the Regional Action Framework that provides a set of goals and specific targets to realize the shared vision as outlined in the Ministerial Declaration to "Get Every One in the Picture".
Recognizing the significance of an efficient and effectual Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) System, Government of Pakistan is making serious efforts and has gained momentum to strengthen and revamp this system in the country. In the recent past, a number of milestones have been achieved ranging from national assessment studies, institutional arrangements, and organization of country wide advocacy seminars to initiation of process for the development of a robust National CRVS Strategic Plan. Extensive intersectoral and provincial deliberations have recently been completed and a National Policy shift is under process.