Statistics/Civil Registration Systems Being Modernised


A project to modernise Jamaica’s vital statistics and civil registration systems will receive $42 million from the 2010/2011 Budget.
‘Transforming the Vital Statistics Data Collection’ is designed to improve inter-agency co-ordination and communication, data collection, processing and management and resource strengthening.
It seeks to strengthen capacities within the Ministries of Health, National Security (Police Statistic Unit), Justice (Coroner’s Courts), the Registrar General’s Department (RGD) and the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) to collect, store and process vital statistics which meet international standards for policy and planning.
Up to February, it had achieved a number of targets including: establishment of a Project Management Information Unit; development of a programme Management Framework, with requisite terms of reference for steering and monitoring committees; and plan of operation for first phase of civil registration and Vital Statistic System Modernisation Programme completed.
It is expected that for 2010/11 civil registration and Vital Statistic Moderation Programme will be launched, national vital statistic review workshops conducted and a programme management framework, inclusive of terms of reference developments for project steering and monitoring committees, developed.
Implemented in August, 2008 the projected, carried out by the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), with funding from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).
United Nations International Children’s Education Fund and the United Nations Population Fund, will end in December, 2012.

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