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Mozambique, 4 May 2016: Launching of programme for accelerated investment in CRVS

Under the auspices of the Ministry of Justice, Constitutional and Religious Affairs, with the presence of national stakeholders, UNICEF and the Canadian High Commission officially launched the program to support the strengthening of the national Civil Registration and Vital Statistics System.

 
Under the auspices of the Ministry of Justice, Constitutional and Religious Affairs, with the presence of national stakeholders, UNICEF and the Canadian High Commission officially launched the program to support the strengthening of the national Civil Registration and Vital Statistics System. The Canadian contribution of CAD 19.5 million for a period of 5 years, aims to strengthen the Mozambican CRVS system that ensures the registration of all births and deaths, issues birth and death certificates, and compiles and disseminates vital statistics, including cause of death information.

The program will contribute to the implementation of a national costed operational plan that is based on a comprehensive assessment facilitated by UNICEF in the framework of the APAI-CRVS (Africa Programme on Accelerated Improvement of Civil Registration and Vital Statistics), a continental common and consolidated policy and advocacy framework.

The child who is not registered at birth is in danger of being shut out of society – denied the right to an official identity, a recognized name and a nationality. With no document to prove how old they are – or even who they are – they are likely to join the millions facing discrimination and the lack of access to basic services such as health and education. And, with no proof of age and identity, they may lack the most basic protection against abuse and exploitation. The ‘invisibility’ of unregistered children makes it more likely that the discrimination, neglect and abuse they experience will remain unnoticed.

Through the Canadian contribution UNICEF and WHO will support the Government in accelerating the investment in three key areas of the system: legislative and policy review, registration of all vital events, including birth and death, as well as the interoperability between data management systems.

The final aim is to increase birth registration rates from 60 per cent of children under five to 80 per cent by the end of 2019.

For more information, please contact:
Claudio Fauvrelle
Tel +21 418 100
email: cfauvrelle@unicef.org

 

 
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