Botswana learning from Nam's birth, death registration process

07 Jun 2013 10:10
WINDHOEK, 07 JUN (NAMPA) ? A delegation from Botswana arrived in Namibia this week to acquaint themselves with the workings of the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration?s birth and death registration processes.
The ministry?s public relations officer Salome Kambala said during a media conference here on Friday 92 per cent of the Namibian population are in possession of birth certificates, adding that the ministry?s good performance in the civil registration process has attracted the attention of various African countries.
?Many African countries have commended Namibia for achieving high results and improvements regarding birth, death and marriage registration,? Kambala noted.
She explained that the ministry?s Department of Civil Registration last year registered 65 per cent of Namibian children before their first birthday, compared to 32 per cent registered in 2008.
Something which has contributed immensely to this progress is the 21 hospital-based facilities which are registering births ?in high volumes?, saving people a visit to the Ministry of Home Affairs, she said.
?We also have 24 sub-regional offices functioning, offering civil registration services often in remote areas,? she noted.
Besides Botswana, countries such as Malawi, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Lesotho have also shown interest in visiting Namibia to view the inter-sectoral collaboration and coordination between line ministries in the registration of births, especially those taking place in hospitals and rural areas, firsthand.
The revision of the Birth, Marriage and Death Registration Act of 1963 has commenced, and it is anticipated that the new Bill will be tabled in 2014.
?This process will be guided by multi-sectoral technical working groups, which will involve public consultations, including consultations with young people, stakeholder workshops, and preparation of the draft Bill, amongst other things,? Kambala said.
(NAMPA)
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