International Institute for Vital Registration and Statistics
In order to provide reliable vital statistics, the acceptable level of completeness of registration coverage is considered to be 90 percent or more. However, the measurement of registration coverage, especially of deaths, is not a simple matter. Therefore; such measures are not frequently available. Yet, knowledge of the level of registration coverage is important in evaluating national health programs which use mortality rates as targets for attaining health goals.
In this study, members of families that reported deaths of children under 5 in two national surveys were re-interviewed to obtain particulars about the death. This information was used in the search of the death record on file in the registration office.
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