The Population Health Unit at the KEMRI Wellcome Trust Research Programme, hosted civil registration process leaders and managers representing various government and non-governmental development entities in Kenya, for a two-day collaborative workshop on civil registration gaps and opportunities for improvement.
Civil registration data generates vital statistics to inform policies within health and development and monitor progress to various goals such as the Sustainable Development Goals 2030 (SDG 2030). However, many low to middle income countries (LMICs) lack a reliable civil registration system to capture vital events to date. SDG 2030 lays emphasis on strengthening civil registration systems to achieve at a minimum, 100% birth and 80% death registration coverage, to ensure no one is left behind in being counted. Various LMIC are therefore urged to develop approaches to improve civil registration and vital statistics and this meeting facilitated a key engagement towards achieving this.