Our Mission

  • "To coordinate and provide timely, quality and credible official statistics for use by Stakeholders and clients for sustainable Development


Goal Statement

  • “To achieve an effective, efficient and coordinated National Statistical System (NSS) that will ensure sustainable production and disseminating of demand driven official statistics for national development”.

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In every person’s life, events such as births, marriages, divorces and death occur. These are considered as vital events in our journey through life. We see these happening everyday and some are recorded as they occur while some are not. The Sample Vital Registration with Verbal Autopsy (SAVVY) is there to bridge this gap.

The Sample Vital Registration with Verbal Autopsy (SAVVY) is a Government exercise carried out by the Central Statistical Office in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This exercise is aimed at providing information for use by policy makers, researchers, planners and implementers to facilitate better provision of services. The overall objective of SAVVY is to produce annual nationally representatives estimates of vital statistics and mortality by cause of death. It also aims to provide reliable estimates of annual trends in the mortality rates and other indicators.

The Relevance of SAVVY

The current system of vital registration in Zambia is inadequate and as such does not ensure that key information required for accurate fertility and mortality assessment is readily available in an accurate and timely manner. SAVVY will help Government to identify existing health problems in our communities. This survey will also help government to monitor and evaluate the impact of births and deaths in our communities. The Sample Vital Registration with Verbal Autopsy (SAVVY) system aims not to replace the current registration system, but to support and strengthen the reporting, recording, analysis and dissemination of vital events, particularly births and deaths, in order to help inform policy makers and support routine surveillance, and Monitoring and Evaluation of programs.