World Health Day: Registering a child one birth certificate at the time

According to the UN 2013 report, the births of as many as 230 million children were not officially recorded.

Without a proof of birth registration, a child might not have access to education, health care or important legal rights.

In July 2013, funded by the Government of Canada and supported by the UNICEF Tanzania country office, Voluntary Services Overseas, TIGO, and the Tanzania Registration, Insolvency and Trusteeship Agency (RITA), launched the first mass birth registration campaign.

Tuli Mwankenja, a mother of two whose children obtained birth certificates in the Mbeya region, spoke of what this opportunity meant to her family: “I never imagined that one day my two kids would possess birth certificates. This is a miracle to me. I am very happy because now my two kids will be able to register for primary education. Thanks to all those who initiated this move.”

In Tanzania, even though parents are legally required to register their children at birth, the reality is quite different. The cost of a long journey to register a child, and then 90 days later to pick up the birth certificate, made this a difficult process for many families. In fact, a 2010 national survey indicated that only 4.4 percent of poor families registered their children (compared to 56 percent of families with higher incomes) and only 10 percent of rural families (compared to 44 percent of urban families).

Please visit RITA Website for all your registration queries

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