Strengthening linkages between civil registration and the health sector for better health and improved civil registration systems: the cases of Uganda and Liberia
Author(s)/Corporate Author (s)United Nations. Economic Commission for Africa;
African Union Commission;
African Development Bank;
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This paper provides a summary of case studies from Uganda and Liberia that show the progress made in increasing collaboration between civil registration agencies and the health sector with a view to improving the quality and completeness of civil registration. All the Ministerial Declarations1 adopted by African Ministers Responsible for Civil Registration at their last four conferences have highlighted the importance of alignment, coordination, linkages, collaboration, data sharing and establishing strong working relationships between civil registration agencies and the health sector, with a focus on birth and death registration and recording causes of death. These Declarations were issued with an appreciation of the role of the health sector in improving civil registration services, on the one hand, and with a view to promoting the availability, accessibility and reliability of vital statistics, including health statistics, on the other hand. The Declaration of the Second Conference was also specific about devolving civil registration services to local levels through existing structures, particularly the health sector. That of the Third Conference highlighted the need to improve civil registration services at the most appropriate administrative level.