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Vital statistics generated from civil registration systems is the conventional data source in producing timely,

continuous and comprehensive population dynamics information. The majority of African countries do not have

adequate civil registration and vital statistics systems, hence unable to produce current and continuous fertility

and mortality statistics, including causes of death statistics at national and sub-national levels.Lack of adequate

vital statistics system is affecting all sectors of statistics as most statistical measures and indicators require

continuously updated and reliable population estimates and projections,including MDG measurement and

monitoring undertakings.

Considering the values and benefits of civil registration records in legal and administrative services,promoting

and safeguarding human rights provisions and production of continuous vital statistics, African Ministers

responsible for Civil Registration that was held in August 2010 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia endorsed landmark

resolutions that urged all member States to take appropriate political and policy measures in reforming and

improving CRVS systems in their respective countries.