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Keeping the momentum going on Civil Registration Statistics Systems in Zanzibar

18 November 2015

The UNFPA team led by the Deputy Representative Dr. Hashina Begum conducted a stakeholders’ consultation with 11 key informants from the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar to assess the Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) systems in Zanzibar.

In 2010, UNFPA started the support for the reform of the Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) systems in Zanzibar as a basis for building a modern, legal and effective registration system as essential milestone for collecting reliable information to support evidence based policies and plans for development. The Office of the Chief Government Statistician (OCGS) and the Office of the Registrar of Births and Deaths (RBD), Zanzibar Planning Commission are essentially involved in reforming the CRVS.

Most countries in Africa including Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar are yet to attain 90% of registration of vital events as required by United Nations to classify the system complete. This assessment involve review available documentations, including previously conducted pilot study, available administrative reports and study the governance and infrastructure of the CRVS systems in Zanzibar; that will provide enough information for road map for a well-structured CRVS in Zanzibar.

Since the commencement of the implementation the following activities are completed:

1. Computerize the CVRS system in Wete District of Zanzibar

i.          CRVS data since 2010 has been computerized

ii.         Testing of the system for issuing certificate electronically

iii.        Data entering in the system

iv.        Training on how to use computerized system

2. Documentation of Pilot project in West district

The ongoing work is the assessment of CRVS, which involves reviewing available documentations, including previously conducted pilot study, available administrative reports and study the governance and infrastructure of the CRVS systems in Zanzibar; that will provide enough information for road map for a well-structured CRVS in Zanzibar.

UNFPA is committed to work in collaboration with the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar to ensure  that the ongoing work is done and completed as planned.