PhD Completion Seminar

Assessment of the completeness of death registration and estimation of national and subnational mortality in Nepal

Surender Prasad Pandey is a PhD candidate at the Nossal Institute for Global Health, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health. Professionally, he is a demographer and statistician, who has more than 15 years of working experience in the sector of official statistics, demography and CRVS. He worked at both central and local levels within different departments of the Government of Nepal. He is also experienced in academia and worked as a secondary mathematics and science teacher in both public and private schools of Nepal before joining the public service. He completed his MSc in Mathematics from the Tribhuvan University, Nepal, and Master of Regional Development (Demography) from the University of Queensland, Australia. His research interests include mortality estimation, assessment of CRVS systems and internal migration.

A high-quality civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) system is the most reliable and sustainable source of mortality data to inform health policy. Despite decades of implementation, no adequate initiatives have been undertaken in Nepal to develop and utilise the statistical component of the CRVS system. However, Nepal’s involvement in the global commitments to strengthen CRVS and to implement recommendations for producing reliable mortality statistics (with valid cause of death data) are encouraging.  This PhD research aims to assess the completeness of mortality data sources in Nepal and uses them to estimate national and subnational mortality indicators. It uses the empirical completeness method and its extension to demonstrate that death registration in Nepal is incomplete and that subnational mortality indicators vary significantly. The thesis also analyses the national CRVS Survey results to identify differentials, barriers, and enablers to death registration in Nepal, which can inform interventions to strengthen the CRVS system and hence evidence about mortality.


Dr Tim Adair, Nossal Institute for Global Health, Melbourne School of Population & Global Health, University of Melbourne.

Dr Md Hafizur Chowdhury

Advisory Committee Chair:

Dr Greg Armstrong, Nossal Institute for Global Health, Melbourne School of Population & Global Health, University of Melbourne.

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Meeting Room 515, Level 5 207-211 Bouverie Street, Parkville Campus

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Dec 13, 2022 12:30 PM Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

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