Online capture of the medical certificate of cause of death – Scoping study for South Africa: Participatory Workshop
South Africa has a well-established civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) system which evolved throughout the 20th century. The completeness of death registration has improved since 1994. However, challenges remain with the quality and timeliness of the cause-of-death information. Faced with these challenges, and to assist South Africa to draw on international best practice and identify local requirements, opportunities, and barriers towards developing an electronic death registration system (EDRS), the Burden of Disease Research Unit at the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) initiated the scoping study on the online capture of the medical certification of cause of death to inform the development of an EDRS. The aim of this report is to provide a summary of the participatory workshop held virtually on 10 November 2022, to draw on international best practice and lessons learned from systems in the countries that have implemented or are piloting electronic EDRS, with a focus on electronic medical certificate of cause of death (eMCCD).