OpenCRVS as a resilient digital public good for civil registration during COVID-19 & beyond

The United Nations Legal Identity Agenda Task Force has recently published the COVID-19 Guidelines. It calls for countries to categorize CRVS as an “essential service” and makes a number of recommendations to support operational continuity and the continued production of vital statistics during the COVID-19 pandemic. The recommendations recognise that “Pandemics are the best time to fully embrace and implement online system registration”. 


OpenCRVS has been designed for resilience and can help you make civil registration easy during the pandemic and beyond. 


A number of the recommendations made in the COVID-19 Guidelines are directly supported by OpenCRVS features which are available as part of the freely available core product:


  1. Integration with health systems (e.g. DHIS2) to minimize effort for health workers in notifying births and deaths from facilities or using community health applications

  2. Remote declaration of births and deaths using the OpenCRVS application

  3. Real-time data reports and dashboard on the details and characteristics of births and deaths

  4. Integration with ID systems to facilitate trusted validation of remote notifications


We are also currently working on and exploring:

  1. A self-application portal that integrates with governments’ existing citizen portals

  2. A self-notification functionality to quickly identify births and deaths that occur in the community

  3. When no other mortality data is available, a simplified community death notification mechanism that can provide indicative death rates and likely cause of death (including COVID-19) at national and sub-national levels. 


If you are interested in a remote consultation on how OpenCRVS can work for you, please contact


To see details of exactly how OpenCRVS responds to each recommendation of the COVID-19 Guidelines, download the full report.