The Zambian government on Tuesday urged African countries to resolve the crisis of children born without being recorded.

Minister of Home Affairs Stephen Kampyongo said Africa has an opportunity to resolve the crisis through crafting mechanisms that will provide birth records.

He told reporters during a press briefing on the sidelines of the 5th Conference of African Ministers in charge of Civil Registration and Vital Documents being hosted by Zambia that Africa has an opportunity to quash the crisis, with figures indicating that up to 50 percent of African children are never accounted for or given birth certificates.

This, he said, causes a crisis in national planning and the provision of social services to the people as these group of people are rendered invisible to the system.

According to him, the conference will be used to resolve issues and challenges surrounding civil registration of documents and vital documents.

Chitalu Chilufya, Minister of Health, said at the same briefing that the government had prioritized the securing of credible statistics as this was vital in helping deliver health services to the people.

He said the success of the universal health coverage as well as other policies will rely on the provision of reliable statistics.

Held under the theme “Innovation Civil Registration and Vital Statistics System: Foundation for Legal Identity Management,” the conference has attracted participants from African countries and cooperating partners. Enditem

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