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Table 3 Passive and active registration systems

From: Where there is no hospital: improving the notification of community deaths

‘Passive’ notification refers to the conventional notification practice for community deaths of waiting for the family to declare the event to a local authority to start the CRVS process, which is why so few community deaths are ever registered.
‘Active’ notification, on the other hand, refers to the process whereby an agent of the CRVS or health system actively seeks out community deaths by managing and visiting community key informants or others, such as those who issue burial permits, and capturing the required information for notification or visiting the household to do so through a VA process.