Key demographic indicators

40.6 PER 1,000 LIVE BIRTHS

Under-five mortality rate

2,262,000

Population

Disparities by household wealth

Oral rehydration:
Children under five with receiving ORS (%)

Secondary education:
Net attendance ratio in secondary education (%)

Birth registration:
Children under age 5 whose births are registered (%)

Child Protection

Women aged 20-24 years who were first married or in union by age 18 (%)
0
Children aged 2 to 14 years who experienced any violent discipline (psychological aggression and/or physical punishment) in the past month (%)
0
Justification of wife beating (female) (%)
0
Justification of wife beating (male) (%)
0

Early Childhood

Support for learning (any household member) (%)
Support for learning (father) (%)
0
Learning materials at home – children's books (%)
0
Learning materials at home – playthings (%)
0
Children left in inadequate care (%)
0

HIV/AIDS

Adolescent girls aged 15-19 who were tested for HIV in the last 12 months and received the results (%)
<0.1
Adolescent boys aged 15-19 who were tested for HIV in the last 12 months and received the results (%)
<0.1

Maternal Health

Proportion of women aged 15-49 who received postnatal care within 2 days after giving birth (%)
82
Caesarean section (%)
0
Proportion of women 20-24 years old who gave birth before age 18 (%)
0

BOTSWANA

 

 

A well developed and functioning civil registration system ensures the registration of all vital events including births, marriages and deaths and issues relevant certificates as proof of such registration. Civil registration promotes efficient government planning, effective use of resources and aid, and more accurate monitoring of progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

 

 

Legal framework for birth registration Births and Deaths Registration Act Chapter 30:01, which provides for the consolidation and amendment of the law relating to the registration of births and deaths
Official authorities in charge of registering births Department of Civil and National Registration, Ministry of Health
Organizational structure Centralized
Is there a legal obligation to register the birth of a child? Yes

Download sample birth registration form

Is an official birth certificate issued as a result of birth registration? Yes, immediately
Legal informant to register a birth Health officials
Time allowed for registration 60 days
Fee for birth registration No
Can the fee be increased or waived? No
Fee for birth certificate No
Penalty for late registration Yes
Other official fees involved in the birth registration process No
Requirements or fees specific to children who are eligible for citizenship but were born outside the country No
Requirements or fees specific to children whose parents are foreign nationals No
Requirements for birth registration Identification of the child’s father, Father’s consent, Identification of the child’s mother, Mother’s consent, Marriage certificate or proof of marriage, Birth notification, Immunization card, Name of the child
Information collected Regarding the child: Name, Date of birth, Date of registration, Place of occurrence, Place of registration, Type of birth (single, twin, triplet and so forth), Attendant at birth, Type of place of occurrence (hospital, home, etc.), Sex, Weight at birth, Ethnicity

Regarding the mother of the child: Date of birth or age, Marital status, Ethnicity, Educational attainment, Place of usual residence, Place/country of birth, Number of children born alive to the mother during her entire lifetime, Birth order parity, Number of fetal deaths born to the mother during her entire lifetime, Date of last previous live birth

Regarding the father of the child: Marital status, Ethnicity, Place of usual residence

Processing Manually (on paper), Electronically (via computer or tablet)
Place of registration Place of birth, Civil registrar’s office, Hospital/health centre
A birth certificate is required for: Identification, Immunization, Travel, Education, Health care, Inheritance, Obtaining social assistance
Process for establishing vital statistics on births The Birth and Death Registration System (BDRS) captures data in real time. However, there is no regular publication of vital statistics by the Office of Statistics.

Download sample birth registration form

Data sources: Information on civil registration systems was compiled over a period from December 2016 to November 2017 using the existing relevant legal frameworks and in consultation with CRVS experts, officials within the relevant national institutions, and UNICEF country offices. All reasonable precautions have been taken by UNICEF to verify this country profile; updates will be made to reflect changes in policy and implementation and/or new information.

 

Legal framework for marriage registration Marriage Act Chapter 29:01, which make provision for the solemnization and registration of marriages and for incidental matters
Official authorities in charge of registering a marriage Department of Civil and National Registration

Administration of Justice

District Commissioners

Organizational structure Centralized
Legal age for marriage 21 years old for both sexes
Is there a legal obligation to register marriages? Yes

Download sample marriage registration form

Is an official marriage certificate issued as a result of marriage registration?  Yes, immediately
Legal informant to register a marriage Bride and groom plus witnesses
Time allowed for registration Timeframe not specified
Fee for marriage registration Yes
Can the fee be increased or waived? No
Fee for marriage certificate No
Penalty for late registration No
Other official fees involved in the marriage registration process Yes
Additional registration requirements or fees if one spouse was born outside the country or has dual citizenship No
Requirements for marriage registration Husband’s presence at registration, Wife’s presence at registration, Residential proof of husband, Residential proof of wife, Proof of wife’s age, Proof of husband’s age, Witness to the marriage, Affidavit attested by magistrate, public notary, etc.
Information collected Regarding the spouses: Date of birth (or age) of bride, Place of usual residence of bride, Ethnicity of bride, Religion of bride, Date of birth (or age) of groom, Place of usual residence of groom, Ethnicity of groom, Religion of groom

Regarding the marriage: Date of occurrence, Date of registration, Place of occurrence, Place of registration

Processing Manually (on paper), Electronically (via computer or tablet)
Place of registration Place of occurrence of the marriage, Civil registrar’s office, Mayor’s office/other district or local authority
A marriage certificate is required for: Registering children, Accessing health services, Transferring or sharing land ownership
Process for establishing vital statistics on marriage Civil registration is sent to the District Commissioner and to the National Register. However, no regular statistics on marriages are published.

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Data sources: Information on civil registration systems was compiled over a period from December 2016 to November 2017 using the existing relevant legal frameworks and in consultation with CRVS experts, officials within the relevant national institutions, and UNICEF country offices. All reasonable precautions have been taken by UNICEF to verify this country profile; updates will be made to reflect changes in policy and implementation and/or new information.

 

Legal framework for death registration Births and Deaths Registration Act Chapter 30:01, which provides for the consolidation and amendment of the law relating to the registration of births and deaths
Official authorities in charge of registering a death Department of Civil and National Registration, Ministry of Health
Organizational structure Centralized
Is there a legal obligation to register deaths? Yes

Download sample death registration form

Is an official death certificate issued as a result of death registration?  Yes, immediately
Legal informant to register a death Health officials
Time allowed for registration 60 days
Fee for death registration No
Can the fee be increased or waived? No
Fee for death certificate No
Penalty for late registration No
Other official fees involved in the death registration process No
Registration requirements or fees specific for the deaths of people who were residents in the country and also of foreign nationality No
Requirements for death registration Medical death certificate, Identification card, Date of death, Age at death
Information collected Regarding the deceased: Name, Sex, Date of birth or age, Ethnicity, Marital status, Place of usual residence, Place of usual residence of the mother (for deaths under 1 year of age)

Regarding the death: Date of death, Date of registration, Place of occurrence, Place of registration, Cause of death, Certifier, Type of place of occurrence (hospital, home, etc.)

Information collected in case of fetal death Date of occurrence of fetal delivery, Date of registration, Place of occurrence, Place of registration, Type of place of occurrence (hospital, home, etc.), Sex of the fetus, Date of birth or age of the mother, Children born alive to the mother during her entire lifetime, Fetal deaths to the mother during her entire lifetime, Date of previous live birth to the mother, Place of usual residence of the mother, Place of usual residence of the father
Processing Manually (on paper), Electronically (via computer or tablet)
Place of registration Place of occurrence of the death, Civil registrar’s office, Hospital/health centre
A death certificate is required for: Cremation, Burial, Inheritance, Obtaining social assistance
Process for establishing vital statistics on deaths The Birth and Death Registration System (BDRS) captures data in real time. However, there is no regular publication of vital statistics by the Office of Statistics.

Download sample death registration form

Data sources: Information on civil registration systems was compiled over a period from December 2016 to November 2017 using the existing relevant legal frameworks and in consultation with CRVS experts, officials within the relevant national institutions, and UNICEF country offices. All reasonable precautions have been taken by UNICEF to verify this country profile; updates will be made to reflect changes in policy and implementation and/or new information.

 

MICS

Since its inception in 1995, the Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys, known as MICS, has become the largest source of statistically sound and internationally comparable data on women and children worldwide. In countries as diverse as Costa Rica, Mali and Qatar, trained fieldwork teams conduct face-to-face interviews with household members on a variety of topics – focusing mainly on those issues that directly affect the lives of children and women.