According to RITA’s Communications and Marketing manager, Josephat Kimaro every year, Africa commemorates the day on August 10. This will be the first time that the event will be marked in Tanzania.
“This day will involve different activities including birth registration and issuance of certificates to 200 students at WAMA-Nakayama Secondary School. This year’s theme is ‘Promoting Innovative Universal Civil Registration and Vital Statistics System for Good Governance and Better Lives,” he said.
He said that for a couple of years now, there has been deliberate efforts to improve the Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) since the first Conference of African Ministers responsible for Civil Registration which was held in 2010, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Since then, Kimaro says there have been coordinated and an integrated effort towards CRVS improvement in the continent. He further explained that since then, the conferences of ministers in the continent has been held after every two years, a situation which gives an impression of high-level political commitment by African countries.
In Tanzania, efforts to improve and strengthen the registration system started in 2013 by initiating the national Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS). They are being implemented with positive results through different programmes according to age groups.
“Currently, the government has started repealing some outdated regulations governing the Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS).
RITA is implementing a new birth and death registration system (BRS4G) under regional communication infrastructure project (RCIP). The overall objective of the new BRS4G is to enhance birth and death registration through improved systems. Registration can be done closer to where vital events of births and deaths take place such as hospitals, Health centres, wards etc.