Strengthening Zimbabwe’s Civil Registration System

LESS THAN HALF OF BIRTHS IN ZIMBABWE ARE REGISTERED, MOST OF WHICH ARE ALREADY THE POOREST AND MOST EXCLUDED

Pregnant Women
UNICEF

Highlights

Civil registration and vital statistics systems are critical to any country’s development. Once a child has had its birth registered, it has a legal identity. This means rights to social protection, education, health and legal protection. It can be quite the opposite for children without birth certificates: cut off from routine vaccinations, health care, social assistance, school enrolment, registering for exams or inheriting property. A well-functioning civil registration and vital statistics system registers all births and deaths, issues certificates and compiles vital statistics, including cause-of-death information. Compared with other countries in the region, Zimbabwe has an advanced civil registration system, and with one standout technology: the capability to assign a digital identifier to each person which lasts for the duration of a 
citizen’s life.

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UNICEF Zimbabwe
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