This Op-Ed by Philip Setel, Vice President and Director, Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Improvement was published by Asia Times.
An estimated two billion people, or roughly 40% of the world’s population, are invisible: no formal proof of their existence, such as a birth certificate, is maintained in the country where they live and they will likely die without an official record as well.
Many nations have systems that work well and almost go unnoticed by beneficiaries. In many low- and middle-income countries, however, Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) systems face challenges of both supply and demand for services and, frequently, severe resource constraints.
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