The Fifth Conference of African Ministers responsible for Civil Registration (COM5) will take place from 14 to 18 October 2019 in Lusaka, Zambia. The conference will have two segments: Expert Meeting (14-16 October 2019) and Ministerial Meeting (17-18 October 2019). The conference is being organized by the African Union Commission in collaboration with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the African Development Bank (AfDB), and Government of the Zambia. The Conference is also supported by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), World Health Organization (WHO), Plan International, the Africa Symposium on Statistical Development (ASSD) and other partners.

The session discussed the paper written in collaboration with Vital Strategies, WHO and UNICEF.  The paper shows strengthening linkages between civil registration and the health sector for better health and improved civil registration systems in Uganda and Liberia.

As part of the Uganda Reproductive, Maternal, and Child Health Improvement Project, Uganda received a total of US$10 million from the Global Financing Facility (GFF) Trust Fund (TF) and the International Development Association (IDA) through the World Bank to strengthen institutional capacity to deliver birth and death registration (BDR) services and to scale-up BDR services in health facilities and communities. In Liberia, the GFF TF allocated US$1 million to Liberia to improve the birth and death registration system through MOH with the aim of facilitating availability of data for monitoring and evaluation of reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health outcomes.


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