Failure to register vital statistics is a human rights violation: WHOListen /
Failure to register the vital statistics of a nation's citizens amounts to a violation of human rights, says Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny of the World Health Organization.
For example, she says, if a country is unaware of how many children are born, it has no way of knowing how many vaccines are needed to protect their health.
Dr. Kieny, the Assistant Director-General for Health Systems and Innovation at WHO, spoke to Gerry Adams on the line from the Global Summit on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics taking place in Bangkok, Thailand on 18 and 19 April.
The Summit, organized by the World Health Organization and other UN and civil society partners, says civil registration and vital statistics are fundamental for safeguarding the rights to which every human being is entitled.