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Keeping Count of Who Enters the World or Leaves

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&raquo Download Audio(mp3) By ArticleAuthor 2007-11-4 This is the VOA Special English Development Repor

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this is the voa special english development report.

governments may be accused of keeping too many records on their people. but no one seems to argue with recording births, deaths and marriages. this is called civil registration.

the world health organization believes almost forty percent of all births go unrecorded

birth and death records help governments count populations and know how long people live and what they die from. this information is important for planning schools, hospitals and other services.

a birth certificate is also important for another reason. that piece of paper is legal proof that an individual exists.

yet the world health organization believes that almost forty percent of all births go unrecorded. it estimates that one hundred twenty-eight million babies are born each year. so one way to look at this is to say that every year close to fifty million people are denied legal identities.

and in the least developed countries the rate could be as high as seventy percent.

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