Journal article

How useful are registered birth statistics for health and social policy? A global systematic assessment of the availability and quality of birth registration data

David E Phillips, Tim Adair, Alan D Lopez



BACKGROUND: The registration and certification of births has a wide array of individual and societal benefits. While near-universal in some parts of the world, birth registration is less common in many low- and middle-income countries, and the quality of vital statistics vary. We assembled publicly available birth registration records for as many countries as possible into a novel global birth registration database, and we present a systematic assessment of available data. METHODS: We obtained 4918 country-years of data from 145 countries covering the period 1948-2015. We compared these to existing estimates of total births to assess completeness of public data and adapted existing methods t..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This study was funded under an award from Bloomberg Philanthropies to the University of Melbourne to support the Data for Health Initiative. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.