Knowing how many people are dying and where they are is essential to tracking the virus’ spread and determining its impact. While this sounds simple, COVID-19 has exposed deep and pervasive gaps in death registration systems in Asia and the Pacific, especially in low-income countries. This seventh session of the Stats Café will look at how deaths, including causes of death, are being monitored and reported during the COVID-19 pandemic, and whether it involved changes to the health information system. The session will also discuss how the information about deaths and causes of death is being shared with the civil registration authorities and used for the production of vital statistics.
- Welcome: Gemma Van Halderen, ESCAP Statistics Division
- Monitoring excess mortality due to COVID-19 and making it make sense for policy makers: Mark Landry, WHO
- Mortality reporting: ABS process changes in the COVID-19 pandemic: Lauren Moran, Australia
- Sri Lanka’s experience with monitoring and reporting COVID-19 deaths: Nandalal Wijesekera, Sri Lanka
- COVID-19 and CRVS: Doris Ma Fat, WHO
- General questions: David Rausis, ESCAP Statistics Division