"...too many people, especially the poor, are never counted; they are born, and live and die uncounted and ignored. It is a fundamental principle of human rights that every life counts, that every individual matters. If we are to give life to such principles, it is time to start counting everyone."
This is how the fourth article in a new four-part series launched by The Lancet ends. On October 30, The Lancet launched a new series titled, "Who counts?: Scandal of Invisibility." The series, officially launched in Beijing with speakers from The Lancet, the WHO, Harvard, the Institute of Health Systems in India, and the University of Queensland in Australia, speaks forcefully and thoughtfully to the importance of collecting birth and death records for all people.
The Lancet has made the full contents of this series available to everyone (which is unusual) and I encourage you to complete the free and simple registration to gain access.
(The Lancet is a highly respected international medical journal also highly regarded for their coverage of public health and human rights issues.)