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CIVIL REGISTRATION AND VITAL STATISTICS

IN ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

Solomon Islands
Solomon Islands

The civil registration system of Solomon Islands is the responsibility of a specific department of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA). It works in collaboration with the Ministry of Health (MoH) for birth and death registration. Vital statistics are produced by the SINSO (Solomon Islands National Statistics Office), which depends of the Ministry of Finance and Treasury (MoFT). A national CRVS committee has been established, with stakeholders from the MoHA, MoH, SINSO, ICTSU (Information and Communication Technology Support Unit, part of the MoFT, responsible for digitalization) and different partners. In 2014, a civil registration digital system, with a central database, was implemented in the country. In 2017, a review of the CRVS legislative framework was conducted to adapt the law to the current situation, as it hadn’t been updated in 30 years.

 

Solomon Islands have come a long way already to improve their civil registration system. In 2007, just 20 births were formally registered but by June 2014, more than 35,000 people legally had their birth registered. In 2017, the birth registration rate after one year was estimated to be 42%, and 28% in the general population, while the death registration rate was about 12%.

 

There is currently a lack of legislative framework which hinders the enforcement of registration mechanisms. Like many countries in the region, its geography, with 500 islands, a lot of rural communities and a lack of appropriate infrastructures to interact with them, is an obstacle to the development of civil registration.

CRVS Focal Point:

Mr. Jeffrey Sade Deve, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs

RSG Member:

Mr. Jeffrey Sade Deve, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs

Solomon Islands

Goal 1. Universal civil registration of births, deaths and other vital events

Goal 1 Targets:

1.A
By 2024, at least 85 per cent of births in the territory and jurisdiction in the given year are registered
1.B
By 2024, at least 90 per cent of children under 5 years old in the territory and jurisdiction have had their birth registered
1.C
By 2024, at least 60 per cent of all individuals in the territory and jurisdiction have had their birth registered
1.D
By 2024, at least 60 per cent of all deaths that take place in the territory and jurisdiction in the given year are registered.
1.E
By 2024, at least 80 per cent of all deaths recorded by the health sector in the territory and jurisdiction in the given year have a medically certified cause of death recorded using the international form of the death certificate.

Goal 2. All individuals are provided with legal documentation of civil registration of births, deaths and other vital events, as necessary, to claim identity, civil status and ensuing rights

Goal 2 Targets:

2.A
By 2024, at least 70 per cent of all births registered in the territory and jurisdiction are accompanied with the issuance of an official birth certificate that includes, as a minimum, the individual’s name, sex, date and place of birth, and name of parent(s) where known.
2.B
By 2024, at least 50 per cent of all deaths registered in the territory and jurisdiction in the given year are accompanied with the issuance of an official death certificate which includes, as a minimum, the deceased’s name, date of death, sex, and age.

Goal 3. Accurate, complete and timely vital statistics (including on causes of death) are produced based on registration records and are disseminated

Goal 3 Targets:

3.A
By 2017, annual nationally representative statistics on births – disaggregated by age of mother, sex of child, geographic area and administrative subdivision – are produced from registration records or other valid administrative data sources
3.B
By 2018, annual nationally representative statistics on deaths – disaggregated by age, sex, cause of death defined by ICD (latest version as appropriate), geographic area and administrative subdivision – are produced from registration records or other valid administrative data sources.
3.C
By 2024, at least 90 per cent of deaths occurring in health facilities or with the attention of a medical practitioner have an underlying cause of death code derived from the medical certificate according to the standards defined by ICD (latest version as appropriate)
3.D
By 2024, the proportion of deaths coded to ill-defined codes will have been reduced by 90 per cent compared with the baseline year.
3.E
By 2024, at least 20 per cent of deaths taking place outside of a health facility and without the attention of a medical practitioner have their underlying cause of death code determined through verbal autopsy in line with international standards.
3.F
By 2025, key summary tabulations of vital statistics on births and deaths using registration records as the primary source, are made available in the public domain in electronic format annually, and within one calendar year.
3.G
By 2025, key summary tabulations of vital statistics on causes of death using registration records as the primary source, are made available in the public domain in electronic format annually, and within two calendar years.
3.H
By 2025, an accurate, complete and timely vital statistics report for the previous two years, using registration records as the primary source, is made available in the public domain.

Goal 1. Universal civil registration of births, deaths and other vital events

Goal 1 is an expression of the internationally accepted principle of the universal coverage of civil registration. The CRVS system should register all vital events occurring in the territory and jurisdiction of the country or area, including among hard-to-reach and marginalized populations.

National Targets:

1.A
By 2024, at least 85 per cent of births in the territory and jurisdiction in the given year are registered

BASELINE

2014

29%

TARGET

2024

85%

1.B
By 2024, at least 90 per cent of children under 5 years old in the territory and jurisdiction have had their birth registered

baseline

2014

17%

TARGET

2024

90%

1.C
By 2024, at least 60 per cent of all individuals in the territory and jurisdiction have had their birth registered

baseline

2014

21.5%

TARGET

2024

60%

1.D
By 2024, at least 60 per cent of all deaths that take place in the territory and jurisdiction in the given year are registered.

baseline

2014

0%

TARGET

2024

60%

1.E
By 2024, at least 80 per cent of all deaths recorded by the health sector in the territory and jurisdiction in the given year have a medically certified cause of death recorded using the international form of the death certificate.

baseline

2014

16%

TARGET

2024

80%

Goal 2. All individuals are provided with legal documentation of civil registration of births, deaths and other vital events, as necessary, to claim identity, civil status and ensuing rights

Goal 2 reflects that CRVS systems provide legal documentation of civil registration to individuals and families for legal and administrative purposes. Legal documentation is strongly linked with a broad range of rights and activities, in particular legal identity. This goal addresses the distinction between the civil registration of a vital event and the possession of formal proof that it took place, in the form of legal documentation.

National Targets:

2.A
By 2024, at least 70 per cent of all births registered in the territory and jurisdiction are accompanied with the issuance of an official birth certificate that includes, as a minimum, the individual’s name, sex, date and place of birth, and name of parent(s) where known.

baseline

2014

49.1%

TARGET

2024

70%

2.B
By 2024, at least 50 per cent of all deaths registered in the territory and jurisdiction in the given year are accompanied with the issuance of an official death certificate which includes, as a minimum, the deceased’s name, date of death, sex, and age.

TARGET

2024

50%

Goal 3. Accurate, complete and timely vital statistics (including on causes of death) are produced based on registration records and are disseminated

Goal 3 highlights the critical importance of civil registration being linked to the production and quality assurance of vital statistics on the occurrence and characteristics of vital events.

National Targets:

3.A
By 2017, annual nationally representative statistics on births – disaggregated by age of mother, sex of child, geographic area and administrative subdivision – are produced from registration records or other valid administrative data sources

TARGET

2017

3.B
By 2018, annual nationally representative statistics on deaths – disaggregated by age, sex, cause of death defined by ICD (latest version as appropriate), geographic area and administrative subdivision – are produced from registration records or other valid administrative data sources.

TARGET

2018

3.C
By 2024, at least 90 per cent of deaths occurring in health facilities or with the attention of a medical practitioner have an underlying cause of death code derived from the medical certificate according to the standards defined by ICD (latest version as appropriate)

 

Note: This target was not monitored as part of the Midterm Questionnaire on the Implementation of the Regional Action Framework for CRVS in Asia and the Pacific.

baseline

2014

78%

TARGET

2024

90%

3.D
By 2024, the proportion of deaths coded to ill-defined codes will have been reduced by 90 per cent compared with the baseline year.

baseline

2014

4%

TARGET

2024

0.4%

3.E
By 2024, at least 20 per cent of deaths taking place outside of a health facility and without the attention of a medical practitioner have their underlying cause of death code determined through verbal autopsy in line with international standards.

baseline

No

TARGET

2024

Yes

3.F
By 2025, key summary tabulations of vital statistics on births and deaths using registration records as the primary source, are made available in the public domain in electronic format annually, and within one calendar year.

TARGET

2025

3.G
By 2025, key summary tabulations of vital statistics on causes of death using registration records as the primary source, are made available in the public domain in electronic format annually, and within two calendar years.

TARGET

2025

3.H
By 2025, an accurate, complete and timely vital statistics report for the previous two years, using registration records as the primary source, is made available in the public domain.

TARGET

2025

Solomon Islands

National Coordination Mechanism

Status in Solomon Islands: Complete

Comprehensive Assessment

Status in Solomon Islands: Complete

National Targets for 2024

Status in Solomon Islands: Complete

Monitoring & Reporting Plan

Status in Solomon Islands: Complete

Inequality Assessment

Status in Solomon Islands: Not started

National Strategy

Status in Solomon Islands: Complete

National Focal Point

Status in Solomon Islands: Complete

Reporting to ESCAP

Status in Solomon Islands: Complete

Solomon Islands Events
The Regional Steering Group provides guidance for the implementation of the Regional Action Framework on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics in…
09 December 2015 - 10 December 2015
The workshop for National CRVS Focal Points is aimed at strengthening capacities for setting national targets and collecting, compiling and…
Solomon Islands News
13 April 2020
The Pacific Island nations are preparing to review their CRVS laws and make recommendations for improving their national CRVS legal frameworks. With…
30 October 2017
The Pacific Civil Registrars – Disaster Preparation and Response Workshop was conducted in Suva, Fiji from 2-5 October. The workshop aimed to…
01 January 2014
The Solomon Islands adopted a new Civil Registration database software system in December of 2013. Mr. Musu Kevu, Civil Registrar of Births and…
08 September 2017
The Pacific Ministers of Health Meeting was held in the Cook Islands from 28-30 August. Ministers emphasized the importance of CRVS to the health…
06 September 2017
The Solomon Islands Civil Registry Office (within the Ministry of Home Affairs) and the national CRVS committee hosted a national stakeholder meeting…
06 September 2017
The Cook Islands hosted the Pacific Ministers of Health Meeting 28-30 August 2017. Ministers again emphasized the importance of civil registration…
11 May 2017
Road traffic accidents and injuries are an important cause of premature deaths in the Pacific Islands, but are often poorly recorded in our cause of…
03 April 2017
Do you want to know how many countries in Asia and the Pacific have a CRVS coordination mechanism? Are you interested in how ambitious the national…
18 September 2016
Over the last 2 weeks of September, 18 participants from six countries (Kiribati, Tuvalu, Samoa, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands)…
09 May 2016
This workshop joins ESCAPs latest efforts to imporve CRVS in the region by using an Enterprise Architecture approach on the exisitng Civil…
29 April 2016
Here you can find recent news, events and blogs relevant for CRVS in Asia and the Pacific.   Subscribe for more ! To receive regular updates on the…
30 August 2015
A key goal of the Government of the Solomon Islands is to establish functional civil registration services in rural and urban areas.This video…
Solomon Islands Resources
Advocacy Materials, Country Assessments and Strategies, Report, 2019
Within the last five years, almost all Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs) have undertaken an assessment of the civil registration and…
Training and Tools, 2019
This resource provides a full list of members for the Regional Steering Group for CRVS in Asia and the Pacific. The list includes members for both…
Country Assessments and Strategies, 2014
Meeting Documents, 2017
An Information Paper on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics prepared for the 5th Regional Conference of Heads of Planning and Statistics (HOPS),…
Presentations, 2017
Solomon Islands' presentation at the 2017 PCRN Meeting on CRVS for Disasters held from 2-4 October in Suva, Fiji. The workshop was supported by the…
Newsletters, 2017
Articles Pacific civil registrars from 16 countries discuss common challenges and solutions to disaster response  Global Leaders Join ID4D High-…
Advocacy Materials, 2017
Civil Registration and Vital Statistics play a key role in facilitating progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals. A well-functioning CRVS…
Newsletters, 2017
Articles Enroll in the facilitated CRVS eLearning course today Cambodia completes survey to establish national baselines on CRVS The Regional…
Advocacy Materials, Country Assessments and Strategies, 2017
Do you want to know how many countries in Asia and the Pacific have a CRVS coordination mechanism? Are you interested in how ambitious the national…
Country Assessments and Strategies, 2016
Six interventions have been developed in the Solomon Islands to advance system performance by focusing on unmet objectives from the National CRVS…
Meeting Documents, UN Official Documents, 2016
The seventy-first session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific adopted resolution 71/14 on the Asian and Pacific Civil…
Newsletters, 2016
Articles Strong commitment for improving CRVS in the Pacific Toolkit for assessing civil registration of asylum seekers, refugees, stateless…
Country Statements, 2014
The Solomon Islands issued this statement in the Ministerial Conference agenda item 6 regarding the State of civil registration and vital statistics…
International Standards and Recommendations, UN Official Documents, 2014
Through Commission resolution 69/15, countries in Asia and the Pacific requested that further regional action be taken to support the improvement of…
Meeting Documents, 2016
WHAT WE DO: We provide an opportunity to share information, lessons learned and good practice. This fosters coordination and integration of Civil…
Country Statements, 2014
Country statement delivered during the Ministerial Conference under agenda item 4 - Implementation of the Regional Action Framework on CRVS in Asia…
Advocacy Materials, Meeting Documents, 2014
The Ministerial Declaration to "Get every one in the picture' in Asia and the Pacific was made at the Ministerial Conference on Civil Registration…
Meeting Documents, Report, UN Official Documents, 2014
The Report of the Ministerial Conference on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics in Asia and the Pacific gives an overview of the main outcomes of…
Advocacy Materials, 2014
In preparation for the Ministerial Conference on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics in Asia and the Pacific a fact sheet on civil registration…
Solomon Islands

The civil registration system of Solomon Islands is the responsibility of a specific department of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA). It works in collaboration with the Ministry of Health (MoH) for birth and death registration. Vital statistics are produced by the SINSO (Solomon Islands National Statistics Office), which depends of the Ministry of Finance and Treasury (MoFT). A national CRVS committee has been established, with stakeholders from the MoHA, MoH, SINSO, ICTSU (Information and Communication Technology Support Unit, part of the MoFT, responsible for digitalization) and different partners. In 2014, a civil registration digital system, with a central database, was implemented in the country. In 2017, a review of the CRVS legislative framework was conducted to adapt the law to the current situation, as it hadn’t been updated in 30 years.

 

Solomon Islands have come a long way already to improve their civil registration system. In 2007, just 20 births were formally registered but by June 2014, more than 35,000 people legally had their birth registered. In 2017, the birth registration rate after one year was estimated to be 42%, and 28% in the general population, while the death registration rate was about 12%.

 

There is currently a lack of legislative framework which hinders the enforcement of registration mechanisms. Like many countries in the region, its geography, with 500 islands, a lot of rural communities and a lack of appropriate infrastructures to interact with them, is an obstacle to the development of civil registration.

CRVS Focal Point:

Mr. Jeffrey Sade Deve, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs

RSG Member:

Mr. Jeffrey Sade Deve, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs

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Advocacy Materials, Country Assessments and Strategies, Report, 2019
Training and Tools, 2019
Country Assessments and Strategies, 2014