The National Civil Registration Authority (NCRA)
Directorate of Births and Deaths has ended two days of training in births and deaths for NCRA staff and 130 health workers from all the Peripheral Health Units (PHUs) in Kenema district at Carima hall in Kenema. The capacity building exercise is a UNICEF funded project. Giving a background and purpose of the training, the Acting Director, Directorate of Births and Deaths, Brima V. Kamara said the proposed project – is to support NCRA to develop policies on civil registration and contribute to the establishment of the birth registration system function within the CRS. He said NCRA will work with the MoHS; MoLG & RD, CSOs and CRVS Steering Committee and Taskforce to Conduct training for NCRA staff, Health Workers and Community Health Workers on the Procedures/Manual for Births & Deaths Registration. Supply birth registration materials to hospitals, PHUs, and Chiefdom Councils, strengthened oversight of CRVS at national and district levels through CRVS coordination meetings by NCRA and to Support Local Councils/Civil Society Organizations to raise awareness on birth registration at community level as part of a seven months intervention. The action will also contribute to strengthening the birth and death registration within the CRVS system by December 2019. The Ag. Director further explained that the system will Support the establishment of a functional and coordinated CRVS system that is periodically reviewed by the CRVS Steering Committee and the CRVS Taskforce. It will also Work with the local councils and CSOs to create demand for birth registration services and reflect this in their district plans. 550 health and NCRA personnel responsible for B&D administration at all Health Facilities will be trained together with 1800 CHWs on Birth & Death notification and awareness raising at community level.
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Brima Kamara said the establishment of the NCRA and the enactment of the NCR Act on 30 June, 2016 has crystallized government’s commitment and defined a clear mandate for the compulsory national registration of citizens and non-citizens that are resident in the country, issuance of ID cards; and the CR of vital events in a harmonized manner. The proposed interventions will enable NCRA in partnership with UNICEF and other partners to address birth registration challenges in three key areas: Policy development, systems strengthening and service delivery will ensure that all children in Sierra Leone have access to an identity and a name. He assured all that they will work towards increasing birth registration rate of U1s to 83% by 2021.
By: Saffa B. Moriba in Kenema
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