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Civil Registration and Vital Statistics

Advances in systems thinking, demography and technology mean that for the first time, counting every human life is possible, even in remote areas.

Why It Matters

  • 45% of women in low-income countries cannot prove their legal identity
  • 40% of deaths are unregistered worldwide. Most that are registered are listed without a clear cause—or no cause at all. In Africa, on average, only one in 10 deaths is registered
  • 100+ low- and middle-income countries do not have fully functioning civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) systems
  • 25% of the births of children under 5 globally have not been registered

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