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The Ten CRVS milestones framework

Civil registry

The local Civil Registrar is the official authorised by law to register the occurrence of vital events and to represent the legal authority of government in the field of civil registration. Since registration functions involve the general on a daily basis, the local Civil Registrar is responsible for maintaining a constant and continuous relationship with the community. The efficiency and completeness of registration are contingent on the capability, attitude and expertise of the registrars.

For a civil registration system to be successful and serve the needs of the general local Civil Registrars should be employed full time (even if they only perform their registration duties on a part-time basis), enjoy the status and benefits of the civil service, and be adequately trained and compensated for their work.

To be able to produce complete, accurate and timely registration, registrars must enjoy recognition and standing in the communities they serve. This will enable them to carry out their responsibilities faithfully and to remain informed of vital events as they occur. This can happen through cooperative arrangements with knowledgeable persons, such as personnel in hospitals, clinics and health centres, and funeral directors, church officials and court clerks.

Ghana Birth and Death Registry's commitment to improvement

The University of Melbourne Data for Health CRVS technical team visit Ghana's Birth and Death Registry's Reverend Kingsley Asare Addo (Principal Assistant Registrar) and Registrar John Yao Agbeko.

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Inside Ghana's Birth and Death Registry archives

The University of Melbourne Data for Health CRVS technical team visit the Ghana Birth and Death Registry archives, that have been kept since 1910. With Ghana Birth and Death Registry's Sowada Abordo and Emmanuel Nortey Botchway.

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