Laetitia Bazzi is the Head of the Child Protection Unit at UNICEF-Senegal. In this video, she talks about what an ideal CRVS system should look like in the future.
In her opinion, an ideal CRVS system would be accessible, free and universal; where all newborn children are recorded systematically in civil registration. The system would also be digital and secure, protecting personal data; with the ability to produce statistical data at country level. Different countries are at different stages in the journey towards such CRVS systems. In Bangladesh, for example, the CRVS system is already fully digital and it operates in partnership with the private sector.On the other hand, in West and Central Africa CRVS systems are still based on paper registration, with CRVS officers that are often non-paid volunteers. In this context, she concludes, there is still a lot of work to do. For this to happen, there is a need for more collaboration and support between different ministries, but also for the involvement of the local communities.
The international conference on innovations in Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) systems was held in Ottawa on 27-28 February, 2018.