The assessment will last six months through the Africa Programme on Accelerated Improvement of Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems (APAI-CRVS), with the support of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the African Development Bank, according to Minister of Interior and Decentralization, Olivier Mahafaly Solonandrasana.
“Madagascar still needs to improve its system of civil status and its statistics of the civil registry, because the lack of statistical data for the segment of the population over 18 years and the absence of nationwide data on death, marriage and divorce,” the minister said during opening ceremony of the assessment.
“This assessment is the first step, so crucial for improving the civil registration system in the country,” the Director of UN Economic Commission for Africa, Dimitri Sanga, said at the ceremony.
He is on a visit to Madagascar for this assessment as he also leads the APAI-CRVS for French-speaking countries in Africa.
“Birth registration has great influence on the realization of several rights as the right to health, right to protection, right to education, and right to a decent standard of living,” said the UNICEF representative to Madagascar, Elke Wisch.
Recording rate of births of children under age 5 is estimated at 83 percent in Madagascar while those aged 5 to 17 years stands at 88 percent, according to official data. Enditem