Strengthening Civil Registration and Vital Statistics in Mozambique

Reporting Organization:UNICEF-WHO Partnership
Total Budget ($CAD):$ 19,500,000
Timeframe: January 1, 2016 - December 31, 2020
Status: Implementation
Contact Information: Unspecified

Partner & Funder Profiles

Reporting Organization

UNICEF-WHO Partnership

Funders (Total Budget Contribution)

Return to top


Country - Total Budget Allocation

Mozambique - $ 19,500,000.00 (100.00%)

Return to top

Areas of Focus

Health - Total Budget Allocation

Health Systems, Training & Infrastructure (50 %)

Other - Total Budget Allocation

Law, Governance & Public Policy (50 %)

Return to top


According to the SDG’s goal 16.9, by 2020, legal entity for all including birth registration, and Mozambique Government has been working to promote equity and impulse the access to different social services such as civil registration through the strengthening of the system.
However, the scenario shows lack of data of vital events, especially for birth registration and death registration. Currently more than 45% of children under 5 years in Mozambique (IMASIDA, 2015) still lack birth registration documents and only 12.1% of deaths were registered in 2013 (DNRN, 2014), that is, there is still no real notion about the new inhabitants and what citizens are no longer part of our society.
Through UNICEF and WHO, the High Commission of Canada is supporting the Government of Mozambique technically and financially to develop strategies which promote improvements in the civil registration system (legal framework, capacity of service delivery and coordination).

Return to top

Target Population

Gender and age: Adult women Adult men Adolescent females Adolescent males Children, girls Children, boys Under-5 children Newborns Older adults, women Older adults, men
Total Direct Population: Unspecified
Return to top


Awareness raising and social mobilization campaigns conducted
Community members sensitized
1 CRVS Strategic Plan 2019-2029 drafted
1 Electronic civil registration and vital statistics system (eCRVS) developed
1 MOU signed
120 eCRVS installed in posts
61 Computers and peripherals acquired
61 Technicians trained
72 eCRVS installed in conservatories
Return to top

Results & Indicators

Expected Results

1. Strengthened legislation and increased awareness raising and advocacy, or the creation of an enabling environment for civil registration including the establishment of a legislative and regulatory framework to support the new civil registration system with clearly defined roles and responsibilities of each government institution involved.
2. Increased registration of vital events, through a simplified and decentralized civil registration system to allow all births and deaths to be registered and for users to receive their certificates free of cost. The activities outlined in this proposal will enable the Government to increase birth registration rates by the end of 2017 to 60% and by the end of 2019 to 80%.

Achieved Results

Approved the new civil registration code that foresees the elimination of territorial barriers, the creation of NUIC and registration by the web platform as well as notification of the registry using the USSD by duly accredited community agents.
An MOU under the umbrella of GITEV was signed between the Ministries of Justice, Health, Science and Technology, Foreign Affairs, State Administration and Public Function, Interior and the Institutions of National Institute of Statistics and Eduardo Mondlane University to improve CRVS in Mozambique.
-CRVS Strategic Plan 2019-2029 drafted.
-Installation of eCRVS in 72 conservatories and 120 posts with equipment and technicians trained, already carrying out both registration and notification through the system.
-8,420 children notified their birth through USSD
-3,525,243 birth registration carried out
-Technicians of the MJCR, MINT, INE and MISAU trained regarding notification of birth and death through USSD.
Awareness raising and social mobilization campaigns have been taking place in the communities where the eCRVS is being implemented; in collaboration with Save the Children, a Formative Research was conducted to understand the reasons of low birth and death registration and to use the results to develop a concise Communication Strategy for CRVS.


  • None Selected
Return to top
Return to top

Associated Projects (If applicable)

Return to top