For the first time ever in the history of the country, Malawi commemorated the Africa Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) day at Champiti Primary School ground in the area of Traditional Authority Champiti in Ntcheu district on Saturday, 24th August, 2019.
The day which falls on every 10th August, was set aside by the African Union last year (2018) to increase public awareness of the importance of making everyone visible in Africa through a well-functioning civil registration and vital statistics system covering the entire population and all vital events occurring in a country.
Speaking during the commemorative events in Ntcheu, Minister of Homeland Security Mr. Nicholas Dausi, MP said his ministry will ensure that every birth and death occurring in health facilities is registered in order to improve CRVS in the country.
“…… my Ministry in collaboration with the Ministry of Health ensures registration of newly born babies in the right in a maternity ward as a key event of civil registration,” said the minister.
Mr. Dausi also called upon all parents, traditional leaders, government ministries, departments, agencies and all stakeholders to vigorously mainstream birth registration messages in all their undertakings to safeguard the identity of Malawian children.
In his address to the gathering, Director of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Dr. Andrew Auld urged all stakeholders in CRVS to exercise their rightful roles for the country to achieve universal and compulsory registration in the country.
He commended the government of Malawi for the steps taken so far to ensure that in the near future every birth and death in the country is being registered.
During the event, the Minister of Homeland Security, CDC and NRB distributed some of the Birth Certificates whose records were captured during the pilot community birth registration exercise in Ntcheu district which was supported by CDC. Distribution of these certificates is continuing.
The 2019 CRVS Day was commemorated under the theme: “Birth Certificate for All: Fundamental for Protecting Human Rights and Promoting Inclusion”.
Target 16.9 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) emphasize on the need for countries to “provide legal identity for all, including birth registration, by 2030”.