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[Comment] Beyond health: five global policy metaphors for civil registration and vital statistics

Civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) systems and the data they generate will be crucial for monitoring implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in countries, as well as for other national and regional health and development agendas.1 It is the continuity, completeness, and relevance at local administrative levels that distinguish CRVS information from other population data sources. In 2015, the Lancet Counting Births and Deaths Series2 responded to an earlier Lancet Series, Who Counts?3 that described the neglect of global CRVS systems as “the single most critical failure of development over the past 30 years”.