Civil Registration Provides Vital Data for Planners

| December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) provides data for utilisation by planners and policy makers as well as implementers to adequately inform policy formulation, programme implementation and monitoring as well as socio economic development.

The acting permanent secretary in the Ministry of Labour and Home Affairs, Mr Victor Rantshabeng, said this when delivering a keynote address at the CRVS Pitso in Gaborone on December 16.

Mr Rantshabeng said government embarked on a comprehensive assessment as a collaborative exercise with four key institutions for delivering services for key vital events, namely births, deaths, marriages and divorces.

He stated that the United Nations high level panel commissioned by the UN secretary general to recommend a framework for the world’s post 2015 development agenda made a recommendation in March 2013, making CRVS data availability and accountability among other statistical data central to post 2015 world agenda.

He said the panel recommended substantial improvements in national and subnational statistical systems including local subnational levels.

“The global policy environment and our very own environment are very favourable at the moment to accelerating improvements on CRVS to facilitate good governance and development in Botswana,” he said.

Mr Rantshabeng said civil registration establishes the basic rights of an individual such as the right to birth registration and to have a birth certificate indicating one’s name, nationality.

He said most rights are dependent on birth registration for the state to be able to ensure the protection and exercise of other rights.

“It is crucial that everyone is registered to avoid citizens to suffer from what is known as ‘the scandal of invisibility,”‘ he said.

He further highlighted that in the context of Botswana the benefit of a civil registration system to individuals was that civil registration was the foundation for National Registration commonly known as Omang.

In her presentation, statistician general Ms Anna Majelantle said a fully functional civil registration system would cost less for data collection than collecting a census or survey.

“As statistics Botswana we have various stakeholders who require timely information that could be sourced from CRVS data for use in monitoring and evaluation of various programmes,” he said.

Nevertheless, she said compilation of those reports still faced some challenges of data completeness and inconsistencies which require concerted efforts by stakeholders to increase the level of CRVS in the country.

The deputy permanent secretary in the Ministry of Health, Ms Shenaaz El Hallabi said statistics assist them in finding out the most common causes of deaths and come up with interventions.

She stated that it also helps monitor trends like mortalities, malaria and child mortalities therefore deploy resources to areas affected.

Ms El Hallabi said the ministry was also a data generator because people are born while some lose lives in the health centres, where data is collected and sent to the relevant stakeholders.

She concurred that systems need to be strengthened to ensure data provided was reliable for public consumption.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Governance

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