Key demographic indicators

49 PER 1,000 LIVE BIRTHS

Under-five mortality rate

39,032,000

Population

Early childhood

Attendance in early childhood education (%)
Not available
Early stimulation and responsive care (any adult household member)
Not available
Early stimulation and responsive care (father)
Not available
Learning materials at home – children's books (%)
Not available
Learning materials at home – playthings (%)
Not available
Children left in inadequate supervision
Not available

CRVS – Birth, Marriage and Death Registration in Uganda – UNICEF DATA

 

 

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 Registration of Persons Act (2015)
Official authorities in charge of registering births National Identification and Registration Authority
Organizational structure Centralized
Is there a legal obligation to register the birth of a child? Yes; Upon notification of birth from the hospital or the community, and application by the declarant, a birth certificate is issued within 2 days.
Is an official birth certificate issued as a result of birth registration? Yes, but upon application and payment of prescribed fee
Legal informant to register a birth Mother or father of a child, A guardian or person taking charge of child in their absence
Time allowed for registration Immediately, by law, but no fixed legal period for registration is mentioned
Fee for birth registration No
Can the fee be increased or waived? No
Fee for birth certificate Yes
Penalty for late registration No, for nationals; Yes, for foreigners
Other official fees involved in the birth registration process None
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 Yes, citizens are charged less than foreign nationals for birth certificate
Requirements for birth registration Identification of the child’s father, Identification of the child’s mother, Birth notification, Particulars of the child
Information collected Regarding the child: Name, Sex, Date, Disability (if any), Weight at birth, Place and district of birth

Regarding the mother of the child: Name, Age, Marital status, Place of usual residence, Nationality, National ID number or alien ID number, Level of education, Profession or occupation, Number of children born in her lifetime

Regarding the father of the child: Name, Age, Marital status, Place of usual residence, Nationality, National ID number or alien ID number, Level of education, Profession or occupation

Regarding the declarant of the birth: Name, Capacity, Nationality, National ID number or alien ID number for citizens, Signature of informant, Date of notification

Processing Electronically (via computer or tablet)
Place of registration Civil registrar’s office, Place of occurrence of the birth
A birth certificate is required for: Identification, Education
Process for establishing vital statistics on births At the moment, the civil registration offices compile the information, but efforts are under way for cooperation with the Uganda Bureau 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 (1904) for civil marriages

Customary Marriage Registration Act (1973) Cap 248

Marriage and Divorce of Mohammedans Act (1906) Cap 252

Hindu Marriage and Divorce Act (1961) Cap 250

Official authorities in charge of registering a marriage Uganda Registration Service Bureau
Organizational structure Currently centralized, but will soon be decentralized to the district level.
Legal age for marriage 21 years for both sexes;

Exemptions: 18 years for both sexes with parental consent

Is there a legal obligation to register marriages? Yes
Is an official marriage certificate issued as a result of marriage registration?  Yes, immediately

Download sample marriage certificate

Legal informant to register a marriage Spouses
Time allowed for registration 6 months
Fee for marriage registration Yes
Can the fee be increased or waived? No
Fee for marriage certificate Yes
Penalty for late registration No
Other official fees involved in the marriage registration process No
Additional registration requirements or fees if one spouse was born outside the country or has dual citizenship Yes, in case of foreign nationals, a letter from the civil registration or vital statistics office confirming that the party is not married
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, Proof of nationality (voter’s card, passport, national identity card, etc.), Witness to the marriage
Information collected Regarding the spouses: Date of birth or age of bride, Place of usual residence of bride, Date of birth or age of groom, Place of usual residence of groom, Occupation of bride and groom

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

Processing Manually (on paper)
Place of registration Civil registrar’s office, Mayor’s office, Other district or local authority (place of occurrence of the marriage)
A marriage certificate is required for:
Process for establishing vital statistics on marriage No statistics are published on marriages.

Download sample marriage registration form

Download sample marriage certificate

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 Registration of Persons Act (2015)
Official authorities in charge of registering a death National Identification and Registration Authority
Organizational structure Centralized
Is there a legal obligation to register deaths? Yes
Is an official death certificate issued as a result of death registration?  Yes, upon notification certificate is produced within 2 days
Legal informant to register a death Registration officer upon notification from the hospital or community, Next of kin, Any person aware of the death
Time allowed for registration  Immediately
Fee for death registration No
Can the fee be increased or waived? No
Fee for death certificate Yes
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 Yes, citizens are charged less than foreign nationals for death certificate
Requirements for death registration Medical cause of death certificate, Identification card, Date of death, Age at death, Notification record from community or hospital depending on where the deceased died
Information collected Regarding the deceased: Name, Sex, Date of birth or age, Place of usual residence

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

Information collected in case of fetal death Fetal deaths are not registered.
Processing Electronically (via computer or tablet)
Place of registration Civil registrar’s office, Place of occurrence of the death
A death certificate is required for: Inheritance, Obtaining letters of administration
Process for establishing vital statistics on deaths At the moment, the civil registration offices compile the information, but efforts are under way for cooperation with the Uganda Bureau 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.