United Nations Statistics Division

United Nations Statistics Division
Statistics and Statistical Methods Publications

Handbook on the Collection of Fertility and Mortality Data
Series: F, No.92 
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Languages available:A, C, E, F, R, S


The Handbook on the Collection of Fertility and Mortality Data provides detailed information on available sources/methods to obtain these data and may be used to decide what combination will best suit national conditions to derive fertility and mortality indicators. Fertility and mortality statistics provide crucial data for social and economic planning and for informed decision making. For example, planning for the provision of maternal and child health services can only be accurate if data on expected numbers of births in future years are available. Similarly, the construction of schools and training of teachers must rely on expected numbers of students at different grade levels. Data on fertility and mortality are collected by several complementary sources: civil registration systems, population censuses and samples surveys. The appropriateness of different combinations of sources and methods is discussed in details, given different circumstances.

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