Each year, 38 millions deaths occur without being added to any permanent record, but COVID-19 has heavily underscored the need for all deaths to be properly registered.
Counting deaths properly is “the GPS” to better global health, illuminating risk factors and the success of health programs, says epidemiologist Prabhat Jha,
Still, there are persistent challenges to be overcome: incentives, for one. For example, while in developed countries proof of death is required to claim inheritance, in low-income countries, people usually die at home—and assets are often transferred informally.
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