Rwanda seeks universal birth registration coverage this year

Published: 11/Aug/2022
Source: New Times (Kigali)

Ines Rutayisire Umurerwa

The government of Rwanda has set a target of having all babies born in the country to be registered at birth by the end of 2022.

Current figures from the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda (NISR) show that today, 84.2 per cent of all the babies born in the country are entered into the civil registry.

Birth registration was launched on the civil registration electronic system in 2020 and the strategy was to reach at least 95 per cent by the end of 2022, according to the Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) strategy for 2017-2022.

At a minimum, the UN says that birth registration establishes a legal record of where the child was born and who his or her parents are. Birth registration is required for a child to get a birth certificate – his or her first legal proof of identity. It is considered a right.

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Themes: Birth Registration
Regions: Rwanda
Year: 2022